Ex-Unisa employee, Gugu Ncube has gained the support of South Africa’s most influential personalities after she was arrested for staging a protest in her underwear
Gugu found fame overnight when she marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, dressed in nothing but her underwear, while wielding a protest sign. Her solo protest gained momentum when she was captured on video citing the reasons for her protest.
Gugu claimed that an ex-colleague at Unisa had sexually harassed her.
During her emotional outburst, Gugu said: “I am a victim of sexual harassment by Mhlaba Edward Shivambu at Unisa…”
She also added: “They claim I have resigned. I never resigned. They chased me away from work because I refused to sleep with my manager, Mhlaba Edward Shivambu!”
May her Voice be heard
May her truth be told
May her strength be multiplied
— Bekithemba Zulu🇿🇦 (@BekithembaZ) March 13, 2019
However, her one-woman protest was met with resistance and before the end of the day, she was arrested. Video footage of her arrest trended on social media:
It’s time women attend self-defense classes and get themselves guns to protect themselves against abusers because no one is keen on protecting women in this country. Enough is enough. 💔 #GuguNcube
— uNdlunkulu Xoli 👑 (@uNdlunkulu_Xoli) March 13, 2019
Following the video’s release, South African celebrities and influencers have rallied behind Gugu in a bid to bring attention to her cause
The likes of Thembisa Mdoda and Thuli Madonsela have condemned the muting of a woman who is trying to bring her experience of sexual and professional misconduct to light:
What happened/is happening to Gugu Ncube is despicable 💔. The saddest part is that there are many more women, like her, suffering in silence. Bafazi, sithwele nzima😔🚺 !!! #GuguNcube
— Thembisa Mdoda (@tembisa) March 13, 2019
#GuguNcube Thank you 🙏🏽.
— Nandi Madida (@Nandi_Madida) March 13, 2019
Protect #GuguNcube ✊🏼✊🏼
— #BUSISIWE👑 (@cici_worldwide) March 13, 2019
Evil flourishes not because of the might of the evil but because of the inaction of those who have the power to stop it. I repeat @UniversitySA does your statement reflect the truth, nothing but the truth on #GuguNcube @ThumaFoundation
— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) March 13, 2019
It wasn’t just celebrity women; famous men were also willing to let the country know that they stood with Gugu Ncube:
— LawdOfTheDecks (@DjZanD) March 13, 2019
Gugu is set to appear in court on Thursday morning but judging from this tweet shared on the evening of her arrest, she’s not going to be intimidated easily:
Meet me tomorrow @ Pretoria Magistrates court @8:30. The police charged me with public indecency. I will b pleading not guilty. It’s my right 2 demonstrate without causing any violence. Khoi people are naked at union buildings and nobody is arresting them. I won’t b intimidated
— Gugulethu Ncube (@gw_ncube) March 13, 2019
Do you think that Gugu Ncube’s protest deserves more attention?