Woman and co-workers forced to strip
A FEMALE mine employee opted to be humiliated by her colleagues rather than face death.
On Wednesday Mmaleso Kwadi and three male colleagues were accosted by striking Anglo American workers in Amandelbult, near Northam in Limpopo.
Their "crime" was going to work while their colleagues were on strike, which began seven weeks ago.
Their decision to go to work would result in total humiliation for the four "amagundwane" or rats, a term used on those who refused to strike.
Kwadi and the three men were taken to Mlanje Stadium. There, in full view of the other miners, they were ordered to strip naked.
Kwasi said: "I will be honest and say that I was very scared. One of them struck me with a stick on my thigh and told me to take off my clothes. It was clear to me that they were serious and I did as I was told."
One of the men reportedly tried to put up a fight, but was assaulted.
"He was hit with a stick in his face and had to get stitches to his lips. So we all ended up stripping and were made to walk around the stadium until the police intervened," Kwadi said.
"While we were taking our clothes off, they started singing 'tlhobola' (take off your clothes). It was very humiliating but I did as I was told," she said. As colleagues pointed, jeered and took photographs of her naked, the only thing on Kwadi's mind was her children's welfare.
"I have two children aged 14 and 10 and I work for them. If I had put up a fight, my children would have had no one to take care of them."
Police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said: "The police moved in when they realised people were being attacked.
"Six people were arrested."