WATCH: Ocean Basket worker assaulted
CCTV footage of a man‚ believed to be the manager/franchisee of a Gauteng Ocean Basket restaurant‚ assaulting a junior staff member is causing outrage on social media.
The one minute footage‚ taken from CCTV cameras at the Ocean Basket Lakefield in Benoni‚ shows the white manager smacking a black staff member in the face. The black staff member backs off with the suspect casually following until his victim is backed up against a corner counter‚ where the slapping continues. He is also seen using his knee in the assault.
When contacted, a white man answered the phone‚ but declined to reveal his name.
“I don’t know what you are talking about. I have been inundated with calls from people asking what happened. I know nothing about this thing. I am shocked to hear about this‚ about what you and others are telling me.”
Asked if he had viewed the footage‚ he declined to answer.
“I don’t want to get involved in this. Its got nothing to do with me and I don’t want trouble.”
See the footage here:
Commenting on the Facebook post‚ Roxanne Harito shared: “The franchisee has been removed from the store by Ocean Basket head office.”
The chain is being contacted for comment.
The assault comes just days after six white men attacked a black couple at a KFC in Pretoria. Four people have been arrested in connection with that attack‚ while two others remain on the run.