ShopriteTimesLIVE reports that a Shoprite regional manager who was under investigation after allegedly referring to black employees as lazy k*****s has been found not guilty.  

In a letter seen by TimesLIVE, Shoprite indicated that the manager was cleared and found not guilty after she, alongside a branch manager, were subjected to polygraph tests, the results of which indicated “no deception”.  The charges were that the manager used unacceptable derogatory language when addressing the staff, that (her) actions brought the company's name into disrepute and that her actions were in breach of company rules and regulations.  Last month, workers at three supermarkets in Johannesburg, including Southgate and Ridgeway, halted work protesting against alleged abuse suffered under the manager.  The alleged k-word incident was what prompted staff members to embark on protest action for four days.  During the protest action, a case of crimen injuria was opened at Mondeor police station and the manager was apparently arrested.  A police spokesperson confirmed a police investigation was under way.

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