Durban doctor interdicts car guards from harassing his patients

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A Durban doctor has taken a group of ‘rogue’ car guards to court to stop them from harassing people at the shopping centre from which he runs his practice, reports The Mercury.

The matter came before the KZN High Court (Durban), when Judge Jerome Mnguni granted an order against two of the five men named in court papers. They were interdicted and restrained from ‘harassing, swearing, defaming, inciting racial hatred, intimidating, threatening, assaulting or otherwise interfering with’ people at the Spar shopping centre in Inanda Road, Parlock or entering the shopping centre or parking area.

But there was a problem with the way in which the papers had been served on three of the men, and the judge declined to grant an order against them.

In his affidavit, Dr Abdool Cassim – who runs the Nucross Medical Centre in the shopping centre – described the men in question as ‘unemployed adult males who frequent the precincts of the centre and the car park section and purport to act as car guards’. He said they had ‘harassed, abused in vile language, defamed, incited racial hatred, intimidated, threatened, assaulted and interfered with’ himself, his employees and others at the centre over the years.

Among the allegations against them, were that they had assaulted a security guard at the shopping centre; indecently assaulted two of the doctor’s employees; indecently assaulted a visitor to the shopping centre; stole crates, wooden bases and manhole covers from the shopping centre’s premises; and kicked and jumped on the car of a visitor to the shopping centre.

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