Port Shepstone store manager arrested on assault and bribery charges

Police have made two arrests.

The manager of a baby product company based in Port Shepstone was arrested recently after allegedly assaulting and trying to bribe inspectors from the Department of Labour.

Two female inspectors visited the wholesale and retail outlet last month, said department spokesman, Teboho Thejane.

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It is believed that the manager of the company called the inspectors into his office and offered them an unspecified sum of money to stop the inspection.

They rejected this and went to interview the workers. Mr Thejane said the manager then demanded the inspectors leave, but ‘they  continued with their duties in line with the law’.

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“Apparently an argument ensued, during which the manager reportedly slapped one of the inspectors. The inspectors left and reported the matter to the police, who arrested and charged the store manager.”

The man appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court, where the case was postponed to October 24.

KwaZulu-Natal chief inspector Edward Khambula commended the inspectors.

“First and foremost, we strongly denounce the assault and intimidation of our inspectors and view it as an attack on the department,” he said, adding that the two inspectors were ‘a shining example of how labour inspectors should conduct themselves in the interest of workers’ rights’, and that they had the full support of the department in this matter.


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Sugan Naidoo

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