Miniskirts celebrated

NWABISA Ngcukana, who last year made headlines for having gone public about her humiliation at the hands of miscreant Noord Street taxi rank drivers, is back in the spotlight.

NWABISA Ngcukana, who last year made headlines for having gone public about her humiliation at the hands of miscreant Noord Street taxi rank drivers, is back in the spotlight.

The lanky Soweto woman, pictured , with the figure of a model, is again campaigning against the harassment of women who love their miniskirts.

The minskirt festival, which is the brainchild of her company, Nwabisa Productions, and Terry Mokoena's Zodiac Productions, takes place annually to highlight the harassment of women on the streets by uncultured men.

It is an annual event that started last year at Capellos in Kliptown and then took its message to Capellos in Pretoria. It was attended by thousands of music fans and gender activists.

This year it will take place at Vardos Pub and Restaurant in Mapetla Extension, Soweto, on November 22.

"Though taxi drivers are now careful not to harass me whenever I go out wearing a miniskirt, it is simply because they recognise me as someone who can get them into trouble," Ngcukana said.

"A lot of women still face harassment on the streets, and Noord Street taxi rank has not changed that much with regards to the attitude of the drivers.

"I will not venture there wearing a miniskirt again."

About the festival she said: "We are inviting the rainbow nation to have fun and yet at the same time raise the issue of harassment.

"There will be female DJs, and guest artists who have confirmed.

"So far they include Ntando and Lu Sithole."

Ngcukana, 26, was forced last year had to parade naked around the Noord Taxi Rank after a mob of taxi drivers stripped her of her clothes.

Her crime was that she was wearing a short skirt.

But the incident turned her into an instant celebrity as she started to fight for women's rights to wear whatever they want, anywhere they , in SA.

She has since been offered a film role and has appeared on the SABC show Relate.

Though she maintains she wouldn't dare go to the taxi rank wearing a miniskirt again, she says the campaign has somehow, at a personal level, has had a positive effect.

"In the streets of my neighbourhood in Soweto, some boys even credit me for having motivated the introduction of the BRT, as an alternative to the taxis,'' she chuckles.

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