A security guard was stripped down to his undergarments and forced to walk 3km in the rain after his supervisor had caught him sleeping and intoxicated at work
Charlie Mabuza, 36, was a security guard at GEW Secure Security in Bronkhorstspruit until his supervisor caught him asleep at his post.
Speaking to The Sowetan, Mabuza explained how his supervisor had found him sleeping and intoxicated on New Year’s Day.
On duty at a factory in Ekandustria, the guard had fallen asleep while admittedly intoxicated. When he had been caught in the act, the supervisor had reacted in a harsh and humiliating manner.
"My supervisor found me sleeping. He then called for back-up and for someone to come and relieve me from my post before he breathalysed me," Mabuza had explained.
"He tested me at the post and then again at the office. After that he told me to take off my uniform and handed it in because I was fired," he went on to say.
Mabuza had pleaded with his supervisor, saying that he did not have a change of clothes and that he would have to walk home in the rain.
"My supervisor didn't care and told me to leave," Mabuza said.
With his pleas for mercy falling on deaf ear, Mabuza had stepped out into the rain and began the walk home. He told of how strangers had reacted to his humiliation by snapping photos and videos of him while he walked.
A video recording after he had been sent away from GEW Secure's offices, Mabuza can be seen walking in the rain with only a yellow refuse bag wrapped around his waist.
The father of two explained that he had been walking to a butchery where his uncle worked to borrow an overall before catching a taxi home.
"I am embarrassed. I can't walk around the streets anymore because that video is all over social media and people stop to laugh at me, my children have been affected. They are being teased by their peers."
The owner of the security company, Dewet Vermaak has expressed his disappointment about the treatment Mabuza had endured at the hands of the supervisor.
"I am extremely sorry about what happened to Charlie. I wasn't here when the incident happened and would never have allowed him to be treated like that," Vermaak explained.
According to the owner, the supervisor had resigned after Vermaak had attempted to institute disciplinary measures against him.
"There is nothing I can do now because he quit and Charlie has opened a police case against him. I told Charlie that he could return to work as well but he hasn't come back."
Captain Kay Makhubele has confirmed that a case of assault is currently being investigated but has not led to any arrests.
Mabuza is considering Vermaak's offer to return to work.
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