By Innocent Nxumalo
The Beitbridge community has reproached unruly behaviour by a local firm Chief Executive Officer who viciously attacked a female safari tour guide while on holiday in the border town.
Hilmax Engineering Company Chief Executive Officer Mr Pascal Masavaya has courted public ire after his recent temper outburst while on holiday that left a female safari operator nursing dislodged front teeth.
The violent CEO is said to have taken days from his Harare-based company to cool off his head at a Beitbridge tourism facility but landed in hot soup after pounding a female safari operator for alleged poor service.
Members of the public condemned the unfortunate incident saying it puts a dent on national aspirations of having a gender-based violence free society at work and in domestic spaces.
“We expect better from people with high social standing like this CEO, leaders are expected to be exemplary, but this one is setting a very bad precedence which should be condemned in the strongest terms,said a Beitbridge resident.
“I am personally appalled by this incident, those struggling with emotional issues should seek counsel than erupting and abusing people around them,” noted another.
The embattled CEO pleaded guilty before Beitbridge Resident Magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba who handed a six months sentence, but converted part of the verdict to 210 hours of community service at Courtney Sealous Primary School in Harare.