‘I’ve been treated like a slut’

2011-08-22 14:09

A 51-year-old Mpumalanga woman has laid a complaint with the police after she was allegedly instructed to undress before her co-workers to prove her sex.

The incident allegedly happened at Metro Cash n Carry in Nelspruit on Wednesday when 15 workers were being informed about the results of a lie-detector test and handed suspension letters following alleged theft of stock worth about R700 000.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Hlathi confirmed today that Precious Msibi – a telesales clerk – had laid a charge of indecent assault.

Msibi’s colleagues – who refused to be named for fear of victimisation – also confirmed that they had witnessed the incident.

“The case was opened on Wednesday last week and we’re still investigating,” Hlathi said.

Msibi told City Press that a Metro Cash n Carry human resources officer, from the Joburg head office, who served them with the letters, said they should comply with all his instructions when the meeting started on Wednesday morning.

His name is being withheld for legal reasons.

The officer allegedly read out the workers’ names to check if they were all there and when it was time to read Msibi’s, he addressed her as “Mr Precious Msibi.”

He then allegedly asked: “Are you Mr or Mrs?”

“I said I’m a woman,” Msibi said.

“He said I should come forward and undress to prove my claim. I did take down my pants and underwear, and showed him that I’m a woman. He then turned to the other manager next to him and asked if he saw. That man didn’t answer and was looking down,” she added.

Msibi said she felt humiliated.

“This pains me. For my 22 years of service I’ve been treated like a slut. I can’t sleep at night and it’s like somebody will come and say this was all a dream,” she said.

The human resources officer declined to comment and promised to get his superiors to call City Press.

“In as much as I would like to clear the air I have to follow protocol. I’m not allowed to speak to the press and can’t give interviews without the company’s consent,” he said.

Metro Cash n Carry managing director Peter Dobson was not immediately available to comment.

Metro Cash n Carry human resources director Frans Kotze said: “The case is sub judice at this stage. It’s difficult to comment as we’re involved in a disciplinary process with some of our employees in Nelspruit.

“I’m comfortable with our case and one has to understand the context in which these allegations are made.”

Metro Cash n Carry has 115 outlets in South Africa and sells groceries and related consumer goods to traders.

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