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NPASowetan reports that a former Spar employee who was allegedly assaulted by his boss has accused the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the police of “bungling” his case.  

Jacob Vurayai, 30, a former truck driver at a Spar franchise in Sinoville, north of Pretoria, has opened a case against his ex-boss Chris Giannacopolous, who owns several franchises, including Food Lovers Market in Hartbeespoort.  Vurayai said he was informed by the NPA that his case had no prospects of a successful prosecution.  But Vurayai claimed his case was “doomed” from the beginning after his initial attempts in August to open the case against the powerful businessman were blocked until he threatened to approach the media.  He claims Giannacopolous assaulted him with a wooden pallet for more than three hours after accusing him of him of being an accomplice to the theft of stock by another driver.  This was not the first employee who has accused Giannacopolous of assault.  Last October, Sowetan reported that Memory Mapundu had laid an assault charge against Giannacopolous after he allegedly punched her at work.  Giannacopolous has denied all allegations made against him.

  • The original of this report by Promise Marupeng appeared on page 5 of Sowetan of 21 January 2019


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