Thembisa Mdoda slams #GuguNcube arrest

14 March 2019 - 10:40 By Kyle Zeeman
Thembisa Mdoda shared her thoughts on Gugu's arrest.
Thembisa Mdoda shared her thoughts on Gugu's arrest.
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Actress Thembisa Mdoda has weighed in on the national debate around the arrest of Gugu Ncube, claiming that so many women like Gugu were suffering in silence.

Gugu dominated social media timelines on Wednesday when she was arrested for staging a naked protest at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and charged with public indecency.

"I am a victim of sexual harassment at UNISA. They claim that I resigned, I never resigned. They chased me away from work because I refused to sleep with my manager," read a placard Gugu carried. 

In a statement, Unisa said, "The University has noted with regret and great concern the intention by a former employee of the external company that was previously sponsored by Unisa, called the Unisa Centre for Early Childhood Education (UCECE), Ms Gugulethu Ncube, to stage a one woman protest at the Union Buildings"

As a video of Gugu being forcefully removed by police went viral, Thembisa joined the chorus of voices on social media, who slammed the arrest.  

"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! #GuguNcube"

Thembisa went on to share a poem about abuse.

Other celebs, including YFM's DJ Zan D and poet Ntsiki Mazwai, were also outraged by the arrest and made their feelings known on Twitter.

Gugu will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

A Twitter account in her name told its followers that she intended to plead not guilty.