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Mon Sep 01 13:15:38 SAST 2014

Maids 'forced to strip naked in public'

ZWELAKHE SHANGASE | 05 July, 2010 22:180 Comments

Three women working at a spa at Sun City were forced to strip naked in public by guards employed by a security company previously accused of racist practices.



Suspected of stealing R400 from a guest's room, the three chambermaids were allegedly forced to strip to the waist in the reception area of the Gatsby International health spa by male guards employed by Falcon Security.

Their ordeal continued when a female guard ordered them to strip in the staff changing room and allegedly felt inside their vaginas in search of the missing money.

Nothing was found.

Now Solly Phetoe, North West secretary of trade union federation Cosatu, is calling for the company to be fired from providing security services at the resort. This, he said, was the same company whose employees played racist music - calling former president Nelson Mandela a k***** and former president Thabo Mbeki a baboon - at a company braai last year.

Phetoe said: "Our members have lost their integrity and their personalities have been attacked by this racist security company. Undressing women in public is sexual harassment and that is criminal."

The drama started on May 22, said one of the women, Ellen Msimango, when a guest told the management that money had been stolen from her bag in her room.

"My supervisor and three male security guards came to us at reception and told us to take off our tops and started searching us," she said. A female security guard then told us we should take off all of our clothes because we might have hidden the money in our private parts."



When Msimango refused, the guard "forcefully undressed me and made me turn around and expose all parts of my private parts. When they didn't find anything, they just told us to get back to work."

Cosatu has called for all North West businesses to cancel their contracts with the "racist security company with immediate effect".

SA Human Rights Commission spokesman Vincent Moaga said the commission was investigating.

The Times attempted to contact Sun City but no one could be reached for comment.

Sun International said that Sun City director of operations Jo Kentgens launched an investigation when he heard of the incident on June 29 and "offered counselling to the employees involved".

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