Domestic charges son of employer

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Cape Town - The former domestic worker of a businessman in Bantry Bay has laid charges of common assault and intimidation against her employer’s son.

The woman, from Eerste River, alleges the man, who lives in Australia, pointed his finger in her face and made her feel unsafe during a visit.

She worked as a live-in domestic worker and earned R2 000 to R4 000.

In her affidavit the 54-year-old woman states that she was working in the laundry when the son entered and repeatedly asked whether she was watching TV while ironing.

“He pulled the TV plug from the wall socket and came up to me and asked whether I thought he was scared of me.”

Later that day she was again approached and asked what she was doing.

She allegedly told him that she was placing dishes in the dishwasher when he walked up and pointed his finger in her face.

“He is a very big guy and twice my size. I asked him to move back because I was feeling intimidated by him. He was too close for comfort and it seemed that he would grab me.

“He repeatedly asked: ‘What can you do?’ and was starting to scream at me.” He then blocked her exit.

“I felt unsafe and went straight to my room and cried,” the domestic worker said in her affidavit to the police.

Meanwhile the SA Domestic Services and Allied Workers Union said last week that the racial abuse trial of a white man who called his domestic worker the K-word had encouraged several others to come forward.

In that incident Gloria Kente, 50, of Khayelitsha, has taken her employer’s partner, André van Deventer, 35, to court for grabbing her, spitting at her and calling her the K-word.

Van Deventer’s trial is under way in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.

Cape Argus


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