Heavily pregnant Shoprite cashier Zimkhitha Xhalabile was assaulted by a male customer in a Shoprite store in Strand.
Xhalabile, from New Village in Nomzamo, Strand, is eight months pregnant. Shoprite has banned the customer from its stores.
Xhalabile had just closed her till at the Shoprite in Broadway Mall, Lwandle, on September 9, when a customer demanded that he be served.
According to GroundUp the closed sign was there and but the customer removed it and said Zimkitha had not left and she must assist him.
At first, Xhalabile says, she argued with the customer, telling him to use another till. But when he became aggressive she decided to assist him.
She said they kept exchanging words while she was serving him with him issuing insults saying for her to get paid he has to buy and Zimkitha must respect him as a customer.
In video footage of the scene, the male customer can be seen arguing with Xhalabile and making hand gestures before punching her. A security guard was watching the whole argument and stepped forward to hold Xhalabile after she was assaulted. A manager arrived to remove the customer.
Xhalabile says she had to call her husband to take her to the hospital then later to the police station to open a case. She also alleges that Shoprite did not apprehend the man who assaulted me. He was escorted out by the security.
Wiseman Manjangaza, Xhalabile’s husband, said he arrived to find his wife crying ,bruised and red-faced. He asked why she had not been taken to hospital.
Xhalabile says she was given four days off and told to come back to work if she wanted to get over her experience.
She says she is afraid of bumping into the man who assaulted her, fearing he might attack her again.
In response to questions, the Shoprite media team said the company strongly disapproved of the customer’s conduct visible in the video and had banned him from its premises.
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