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Gugu Ncube arrested in Pretoria for staging naked protest

Gugu Ncube, the daughter of MDC deputy president Welshman Ncube, said she was stripped of her dignity after she reported a sexual harassment case against her Unisa boss.

A general view of the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - A woman has been arrested in Pretoria for public indecency after she staged a naked protest outside the Union Buildings.

Gugu Ncube, who is also the daughter of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) deputy president Welshman Ncube, was demanding to address President Cyril Ramaphosa about the abuse she allegedly suffered while working at the University of South Africa (Unisa).

The Zimbabwean politician’s daughter said she was stripped of her dignity after she reported a sexual harassment case against her boss and was later dismissed immediately after that.

Ncube was escorted into a police van shortly after she protested half naked.

Sunnyside police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said she’s been charged with public indecency.

“Members from Sunnyside police station were called to the Union Buildings after it was reported that there’s a woman who was allegedly standing naked near the building. On our arrival, we executed an arrest.”

Gugu claimed she was manhandled and fired after laying a complaint against her boss for making sexual advances on her.

WARNING: THE IMAGES/VIDEOS BELOW CONTAIN NUDITY

UNISA DISTANCES ITSELF FROM NCUBE

Unisa has said Ncube was never directly employed by the university.

The university added it’s concerned by what it calls attempts by Ncube to bring the institution’s name into disrepute.

It’s clarified that Ncube was employed by the Centre for Early Childhood Education, which is an external company that was previously sponsored by Unisa.

The institution said the sexual harassment complaint that she laid in 2018 was dealt with.

It said the staff member in question was suspended but was cleared after an investigation and returned to his post.

Ncube received messages of support and empathy from people on social media after a video of her naked protest was posted.

She said she chose to protest naked because her dignity was stripped off by her employer and she had nothing left to hide.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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