South Africans took to social media to express their views on the arrest of nude protester, Gugu Ncube. Gugu was charged with public indecency after protesting at the Union Buildings on Wednesday.
Gugu took the streets in protests against her unfair dismissal, which she claims resulted from her refusal to have a physical relationship with her manager.
South Africans took to social media to show their support for Gugu and the ongoing struggle against sexual violence in the country.
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Mzansi had a mixed response to Gugu’s arrest. While some South Africans felt that her arrest was degrading and humiliating, many also felt that an arrest was the likely consequence of protesting naked because indecent exposure is an offence, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Many South Africans also pointed out that there are double standards when it comes to the law and nudity. They expressed their disdain that nudity only seems to be considered an offensive in certain situations, while in others it is tolerated. One Twitter user pointed out that te City of Cape Towm allowed a naked cycle race just last week.
Nevertheless, South Africans had strong feelings to the mentally and physically draining ordeals women in the country endure.
Many showed their support for Gugu and committed themselves to standing by her during her struggle against an oppressive patriarchy. Dozens of women also shared their personal experiences of being harrased at their place of employment and seeing no action being taken against the abuser.
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