Nude women paid

2010-12-22 00:00

POLICE have said that a group of women who appeared in a video parading naked in a busy Durban shopping mall should be charged with public indecency.

The cellphone video is circulating widely among members of the public, especially in Durban.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Zwane said a Durban traditional healer, Nkosinathi Gumede, cannot be charged with public indecency — only for enticing the women by giving them R500 each for committing public indecency or as an accomplice.

“So far we have heard rumours that Gumede paid each of the women R500 to model naked. No one has come to us to lay charges of public indecency,” said Zwane.

The video, a copy of which The Witness holds, was allegedly recorded in 2008 and is said to be popular in the Durban area.

It shows the women taking off all their clothes, including their underwear, in front of the busy main entrance of the Workshop shopping centre.

Scores of people at a nearby taxi rank also saw the incident.

Gumede, who is known for pushing a concoction called udumo to HIV and Aids sufferers, is shown on the video giving out bundles of banknotes to the women as they walk around in the nude.

Gumede, who was wearing a blue suit and dancing in excitement, is also heard making remarks through a loudhailer about the shape of the women’s bodies.

A bystander recorded the video footage on a cellphone, but a video cameraman standing next to Gumede is also seen capturing the scene.

Said Zwane, “According to information we have, Gumede did not force the women to take off their clothes. They did it voluntarily.

“So the charges of public indecency should be laid against the women.

“We cannot have direct charges against Gumede, which is why I say we can either charge him with enticement or for being an accomplice.

“But in order for us to do that we need someone who felt offended by the incident to come forward and lay the charges,” said Zwane.

Ndabezitha Zibiya, a spokesperson for Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize, said the premier’s office is waiting for the Office of the Status of Women in the premier’s office to submit a report about the incident.

“Once we get that report we will be able to act. But the matter should be investigated. We have KZN gender machinery that involves police in the fight against abuse of women,” said Sibiya.

Gumede told The Witness yesterday he did not mean to offend the women.

“I was preaching to women about abstinence from sex when I made remarks that there were no virgins among them.

“One nurse reacted by taking off all her clothes to prove that she was still a virgin. Other women did the same. I gave each of them R500 to show appreciation to them for taking care of their bodies,” said Gumede.

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