Thursday, November 22, 2007

Passop: 'Refugee beaten up by security guard'

By Marthe van der Wolf
22 November 2007



A refugee from Angola was allegedly beaten up on Thursday morning at 7.30 by a security guard of the Home Affairs office at the Foreshore.

"While he was beaten with battens, the other officials stood back and laughed," says chairperson of People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (Passop), Braam Hanekom.

The man from Angola was taken to hospital. He has severe bruising but his condition is improving.

"The security guard threatened to kill him and told him to go back to his country," says Hanekom.

The Home Affairs office hasn’t responded to requests for comment. Passop has said it will open a police case against the security guard.

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