Pav security guards beat up young man

A YOUNG man was allegedly beaten up by 20 security guards at the Pavilion Shopping Centre last Saturday evening.

According to an eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, she was leaving the shopping centre with her husband and eight-year-old daughter when the incident took place. The brawl took place at one of the entrances in the undercover parking area.

“I witnessed an argument between a group of young children and security officers of the shopping centre. Apparently the argument started inside the mall and security alleged that some of the children were drunk. The argument proceeded to the parking lot at about 9pm when my family and I were about to leave,” said the eyewitness.

She said the security guards were pushing the children during the argument and one of the children broke loose from the group and ran past her. “About 20 security guards were running after him. The child made a turnabout and was running to where the rest of his friends were when he was tripped by a security guard. He fell to the ground. About 20 security guards started kicking him on the upper body and head. The young boy was bleeding profusely,” said the eyewitness.

The security guards are believed to have then taken the rest of the group to the security quarters at the centre.

Pavilion management issued the following statement, “The Pavilion management is deeply disturbed at allegations that are doing the rounds on social media at present.

“These concern an unfortunate incident that occurred at our shopping centre on Saturday night. The Pavilion and the South African Police Services (SAPS) are currently investigating a confrontation that took place between patrons who had contravened regulations governing the consumption of alcohol on our premises and security guards who attempted to contain the situation.

“We are helping the SAPS with their investigation in order to ascertain the facts. Please note that this is an ongoing investigation and we cannot comment further.”

Lloyd Mackenzie

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