Reitumetse Mahope
2 minute read
14 Mar 2019
12:29 pm

Gugu Ncube to protest semi-nude again if her cries are not heard

Reitumetse Mahope

She has promised to stage another protest next Wednesday at the UN offices in Pretoria if she is ignored.

Gugu Ncube protests at the Union Buildings. Photo: Ron Sibiya

Arrested “semi-nude” protester Gugu Ncube has vowed she would stage another protest at the UN offices in Pretoria later this month if her “cries were not heard”, reports Pretoria East Rekord.

A scantily dressed Ncube was arrested by Sunnyside police outside the Union Buildings for public indecency on Wednesday.

She was protesting her alleged mistreatment at the hands of Unisa after she reported her former boss for sexual harassment.

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Ncube was released by Sunnyside police on the same afternoon.

She is expected to appear in court later today on charges of public indecency.

“She has been released on a warning,” said Sunnyside police spokesperson Daniel Mavimbela.

Ncube, however, has promised to stage another protest on March 20 at the UN offices in Pretoria if she was ignored.

“I will be staging a similar protest,” she said.

Ncube was wearing only her panties and a piece of pink material slung around her neck when she was bundled into a police van by a group of female police officers.

She claimed she was forced out of her job at the university after reporting her immediate superior, who asked her “to perform sexual favours for benefits”.

“All I want is for President Ramaphosa to note the abuse I am suffering at the hands of Unisa and the police.”

Unisa spokesperson Tommy Huma, however, said Ncube did not work for the university.

Instead, she worked for the Unisa Centre for Early Childhood Education (UCECE) – an outside company which was previously sponsored by the university.

“We note with great concern the protest by Ncube,” said Huma.

“It is not the first time Ncube misconstrues this matter and attempts to drag the university’s name into her dispute with UCECE regarding her termination of employment.

“UCECE operates autonomously and this includes entering into and terminating employment relationships.

“As for her sexual harassment complaints, the university followed due processes to deal with this matter, including the immediate suspension of staff members of Unisa who were board members at UCECE.

Huma said after investigations, it was established there was “no basis” to charge the staff members in question with the alleged offences.

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