'Beaten by racist bosses'
A 43-year-old security guard has opened an assault charge against his "white racist bosses" who allegedly beat him after accusing him of "playing around" on his two-way radio.
Siphiwe Mkhwanazi, of Umlazi, said he hardly sleeps at night because of severe headaches and wears sunglasses to hide his swollen eyes.
He said the beating happened after he refused to pay a R100 penalty for his alleged transgression on the walkie-talkie.
Mkhwanazi claims two senior managers from the Secure Logic Company in Durban assaulted him on New Year's Eve. He was working on the night shift with another colleague in Amanzimtoti.
"A controller on the radio asked who was playing with a radio. We both said we did not play with the radio. The controller said our manager would deduct a R100 penalty from all those working on the night.
"I refused to pay the money because I had done nothing wrong," said Mkhwanazi.
Just before midnight a supervisor arrived at the site asking him to accompany him in a vehicle to the company control room at Umbilo in Durban.
"On our arrival my supervisor and another manager started beating me without a word. They kicked me all over my face and body for more than 30 minutes.
"They then dragged me by my legs to a nearby road and left me lying there thinking I was dead," he said.
He managed to crawl to the nearby King Edward Hospital.
"My face and entire body were swollen and my arm was broken."
Mkhwanazi was employed by the company for six months. During and after the incident he was never officially fired. He also said he was never paid for his services.
"My life has come to a complete standstill and I am now a burden to my parents. My 10-year-old son and I rely on my parents for everything," he said.
Police spokesman Inspector Michael Read said an investigation was under way. When Sowetan contacted the company for an official comment, the receptionist said the manager, Shaun Dube, was not in and would only be available later.