Labour Inspector Assaulted

South Africa. The Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court imposed a R2 000 fine or three months imprisonment, suspended for five years, on two men for assaulting a Labour inspector, the Labour Department said.

The pair attacked the man on September 22 last year while he was inspecting their father’s printing business in Ladysmith, spokesperson Page Boikanyo said in a statement.

The inspector was beaten up when he “tried to discuss areas of labour law non-compliance” he found at the workplace when it happened. He suffered a cut to the face, a bump on the head and cracked ribs.

A contravention notice was later served on the employer for the Occupational Health and Safety violation.

“A briefing session was also conducted at the workplace for both the employer and employees to raise awareness on the need for compliance regarding the basic conditions of employment,” said Boikanyo.

“An inspector of the department has the power to visit any employer at any time to conduct inspections. “Anyone who obstructs or hinders an inspector from performing this function, is breaking the law,” Boikanyo said.

The inspector had since returned to work.

Posted: 28 January 2009

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