Widow wins R1.6m damages in SCA appeal
Daleen van Staden has won a SCA battle against Stallion Security which had refused to pay her R1.68m in damages following the kidnapping and murder of her husband at work.
The Star reports Van Staden’s husband Deon had worked at Bidvest Panalpina Logistics in Isando.
He was robbed, kidnapped and murdered by Ronald Khumalo, who was Stallion’s site manager at the building, in November 2014.
Khumalo was apprehended shortly after the murder and convicted.
Van Staden had argued that the company had a responsibility to protect her husband at his workplace. She sued both Stallion Security and Khumalo for damages, consisting of loss of support as a result of the death of her husband.
In the SCA judgment, the court said Stallion had furnished Khumalo with ‘much more than a mere opportunity to commit the wrongs’.
In the court papers, Judge CHG van der Merwe said: ‘It enabled him (Khumalo) to enter into and exit from the office area without detection.’
The court ruled that Khumalo’s position created a material risk that he might abuse his powers.
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