G4S sued for N$1m by security guard
17 June 2020 | Justice
A security guard is suing G4s Security Services and a senior manager there for N$1 million for an alleged death threat made during an altercation in November last year.
On Monday, Johannes Nangha's lawyer Norman Tjombe filed the lawsuit against G4S senior supervisor Willem du Plessis, whose verbal outburst was captured on a 44-second video clip.
The partial recording shows Nangha standing with his arms folded, while a person, off-camera, identified in the court documents as Du Plessis, shouts at him in Afrikaans.
At one point, Nangha tells Du Plessis that he cannot threaten him in that way.
The off-camera voice furiously replies in Afrikaans: “I should not threaten you? I will send you in jou f*kken moer.”
Nangha then says, “We are free now,” to which the off-camera voice shouts back, “F*ck you, you're free se f*kken p*es.”
The shouter then proceeds to shout several variations of “you are stupid, you are a stupid c*nt, you are a dumb p*es. Do you hear me?”
The particulars of claim filed at the Windhoek High Court state that Du Plessis “unlawfully and wrongfully assaulted” Nangha and that he “threatened to shoot and kill the plaintiff, using vulgar and explicit language in reference to or describing [Nangha].”
Nangha is currently employed at Omega Security Services and lives in the Goreangab informal settlement in Windhoek.
His lawsuit states that the alleged assault took place in full view of fellow staff members at G4S and that the video clip was distributed widely on social media, which added to the overall injury of the incident.
Nangha writes in his particulars of claim that he felt “humiliated, traumatised and degraded” during and after the incident and that he suffered psychological trauma and discomfort.
He is asking the court to award him N$1 million in damages for the trauma of the incident, including the “emotional pain and suffering, injury to his dignity and reputation.”
A judge has not yet been assigned to oversee the lawsuit and G4S security services and Du Plessis have not yet filed their responding notices to indicate whether they will defend the matter.