There are allegations that two women caught shoplifting in Pick n Pay shop were placed in a cold storage room overnight. One has reportedly died while the other is in hospital.
The unusual incident has caused outrage with the community protesting at the Emalahleni shop.
The incident happened on the 1st of September.
The protesters claim that two ladies went into the shop to buy food and were accused of stealing cheese. and were reportedly locked up in a cold room. They reported to have been taken to the police at night after spending time in the cold. One of the women has died and she has been buried.
The protest involve political parties, the ANC and the EFF.
The community is looking for answers from the shop and eNCA spoke to Nqobile Mazibuko who happens to be a community representative.
“On the 1st of September, the two women were accused of stealing 8 cheese pieces from Pick n Pay Emalahleni here in Witbank. They were kept in a cold room and they were taken to the police at 9pm. The police never opened a case but took finger prints. The deceased has never had previous illnesses like flue. The postmortem results shows that she died of pneumonia. The other one hospitalized was diagnosed with pneumonia. She has doctors’ prescriptions. The deceased has left three kids. We want Pick n Pay to be accountable since they decided to turn themselves into a mortuary. Pick n Pay must pay for the kids left until they are old enough.“
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