No bail wanted for Mankge attackers

South Africa
April 22 - A Limpopo widow who was brutally assaulted in the storeroom of a clothing store, is again facing her attackers. Esther Mankge was beaten by shop workers after being accused of shoplifting and cellphone footage of the incident went viral.
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Screen grabs taken from a video posted on YouTube show two CB clothing employees in Jane Furse, Limpopo, assaulting a 49-year-old woman. Picture:

LIMPOPO- A Limpopo widow who was brutally assaulted in the storeroom of a clothing store, is again facing her attackers.

Esther Mankge was beaten by shop workers after being accused of shoplifting and cellphone footage of the incident went viral.

Three of the suspects who were arrested will be applying for bail. She says she will be in court because she wants to see that they stay in jail.

The 49-year-old Esther Mankge describes her ordeal being accused of stealing children's underwear at a retailer as a horror she would not wish on her worst enemy

Nearly six months later, she says she is still traumatised.

Esther Mankge said, "I'm so hurt that children could strip me naked and take off my underwear like that, I begged them to stop hitting me, I was losing strength and I begged them for water. They stole the little cents I had in my purse that I worked so hard for. This is the cruelest thing anyone has ever done and I ask that they should be denied bail. I will never forget the way they tortured me."

Her family says watching the video of the assault has been unbearable and they want justice.

Frans Maleka a family spokesperson said,"This crime has affected us badly. The law must take its course. Government should make an example of these thugs. They should be imprisoned for life so that no one will ever repeat what they did to Esther."

Two of the suspects are already out on bail. The other three are now also trying to get bail.

Community members say they'll be at the hearing in a show of support for Mankge.
 

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