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Gugu Ncube to appear in court following naked protest arrest

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A former employee of the University of South Africa (UNISA) staged a one-woman naked protest outside the Union Buildings on Wednesday, 13 March 2019.

Former UNISA employee, Gugu Ncube, is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 14 March 2019. Ncube was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, 13 March 2019, after staging a one-woman naked protest outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

In a tweet she posted on Wednesday evening, 13 March 2019, Ncube said, “Meet me tomorrow [at] Pretoria Magistrate’s Court [at] 08:30. The police charged me with public indecency. I will [be] pleading not guilty. It’s my right [to] demonstrate without causing any violence.” read part of her tweet.

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In a video that has since gone viral, Ncube can be seen naked, save for her underwear. She has a placard that reads, “President Ramaphosa. 1. The Police are used to intimidate, threaten and harass me. 2. I was raped, sexually harassed by Shibambu Mhlava [at] UNISA. 3. I spoke out, they lied that I had resigned, produce my resignation. 4. CCMA commissioner took bribe from the perpetrator.”

In the video, Ncube can be heard narrating her version of events that led to her dismissal at UNISA. In the video, she pleads for the intervention of the United Nations, claiming that she never resigned at UNISA but was, instead, fired.

“I have tried engaging the UNISA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Makhanya. He threw me out like a rotten pig.

“I have tried sending the president emails, everybody around the president keeps on not taking my message to the president.

“They claim I have resigned, I never resigned. They chased me away because I refuse to sleep with my manager Mhlava Edward Shibambu.” she said.

In another video, police officers can be seen dragging Ncube to a waiting police van. She lays on the ground, refusing to be arrested. In this video, she repeatedly says, “I want the president. They are going to kill me.”

Abenathi Gqomo
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