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gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that a domestic worker has laid a charge of assault against her former employer after he allegedly repeatedly beat her in front of her four-year-old daughter last year.  

Kobus de Klerk is on trial in the Randburg Magistrate's Court‚ where he faces a charge of assault for allegedly attacking his employee Siyamthanda Dube.  He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.  According to Dube's statement, on 28 November 2017 she was at her workplace in Randpark Ridge with her daughter‚ whom she discovered was ill.  She took her daughter to the pharmacy and while waiting there received numerous calls from her employer's wife.  However‚ she could not answer as her phone screen was broken.  When she got back to work, Dube said she kept apologizing for being absent, but De Klerk was fuming with anger and he started poking her forehead.  According to Dube's statement‚ De Klerk later on started punching her.  "Then he pushed me again.  This was the fourth time he pushed me...  I fell onto my back on the step.  I don't know what happened then‚ if I collapsed or I fainted‚" the statement reads.  After the incident‚ Dube said she texted a friend and asked her to call the police or complex security.  When the security guards arrived‚ Dube said her former boss apologised and asked her not to lay a criminal charge against him.  De Klerk's counsel accused Dube of changing her story as she went along.  The case continues.

  • Read this report by Nomahlubi Jordaan in full at Timeslive

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