There were protests outside the Pick n Pay in eMalahleni (Witbank) today after rumours surfaced that two women were kept in the store’s cold storage room…

The incident in question allegedly took place on 1 September. One of the accused shoplifters has since died, while the other is on medication.

Community leader, Nqobile Mazibuko from the ANC Youth League told eNCA that the post-mortem of the woman who died said that she had pneumonia. However, Mazibuko said that she was a generally healthy person. She leaves behind three children. “Pick n Pay has kidnapped and murdered our sister. Pick n Pay must take care of the children and the medical expenses,” Mazibuko told eNCA.

The other woman was also hospitalised and diagnosed with pneumonia.

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Pick n Pay responds

In a later interview with eNCA’s Jeremy Maggs, Pick n Pay spokesperson, David North called the allegations “fake news”.

“What people are protesting about is not true. It’s a case of fake news,” said North.

He said that he had viewed all of the security footage from the day of the incident. “Our security personnel saw two people acting suspiciously they were followed carefully and respectfully and when they left the store without paying, they were asked by security to stay behind and police were called,” says North.

The allegations that the women were kept in a cold storage facility are entirely wrong, according to North. He told eNCA that they were kept in a boardroom or meeting room upstairs in the store until police arrived.

“No complaint was ever made by either individual about the way they were dealt with in the store,” noted North. “We have nothing to hide.”

The store currently remains closed while investigations continue.

Watch the full interview below:

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