Majoy fumes over mini skirt
Gospel singer told she was an embarrassment to women because of the way she was dressed
AS Women's Month activities continue all over the country a female Limpopo artist is angry at the treatment meted out to her after her performance recently.
The event that has upset singer Joyce Ledwaba, popularly known as Majoy in the gospel music circles, took place during the Women's Day celebrations at Ephraim Mogale Stadium in Modimolle on August 9.
The Mahwelereng-born singer's band was invited to the event by the office of premier Cassel Mathale and she and her backing vocalists and dancers were dressed in mini skirts.
While she was happy about the positive response she received from the audience, Ledwaba fun-filled moments were short-lived when she received a snide call afterwards from an official in Mathale's office, identified as Rose Papole, who told her she was an embarrassment to women because of the way she was dressed.
Ledwaba, 43, said Papole told her to learn to dress like another popular gospel musician, Winnie Mashaba, who is a member of the Zion Christian Church.
"I did not understand why I was compared with Winnie Mashaba," Ledwaba said.
"I have nothing against Winnie as a fellow artist, but she has a reason for dressing the way she does."
Ledwaba said she wanted to dress in a way she believed would appeal to her fans and had viewed the "bad" treatment from Papole as discrimination.
"When a woman was stripped naked (by taxi drivers) in Johannesburg for wearing a mini skirt, Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane joined other women in marching against such discrimination and all of the marchers, including Mokonyane, were wearing miniskirts."
"Taxi organisation Santaco was then called to order for its action against the women and, has since issued a widely-circulated apology."
Yesterday the office of the ANC Women's League in the Waterberg region, where the event took place and where Ledwaba also hails from, were in discussions with Mathale's office over the conduct of "one of their officials (Papole)".
Neither Mathale's spokeswoman, Mashadi Mathosa, nor provincial government spokesman Tebatso Mabitsela could be reached for comment at the time of going to press yesterday.