"They were aware that we were here. They even confirmed the person who would receive the memorandum," said Brenda Madumise of Wise Collective, who was part of the protest. "I'm p***ed off by their action. Why are they closing the gate? It is just five women. What are they scared of?"
The gender activists accuse SIU head advocate Jan Mothibi of bullying women in the unit and of not doing anything to fight sexual harrassment in the organisation.
According to the activists, a workshop was organised for female employees where they were given sex toys "to improve their sex life".
"What do sex toys have to do with work? This is an organisation that is supposed to be investigating serious cases," said Madumise.
After the standoff, an official finally came to receive the memorandum.