Actress Nokuthula Mavuso has opened up about her own experiences with s.e.xual harassment at her workplace many years ago when she was 24 years old.
The country had been marred with another episode of s.e.xual harassment episode where Lorraine Moropa opened up about being a victim of s.e.xual harassment from a senior actor on Lithapo, Mangaliso Ngema.
Nokuthula took to Twitter to also add her voice on the discussion saying that she too has been violated on set.
She talked about how the male actor would lick his lips and make s.e.xual remarks when no one was looking. After numerous attempts of reporting him failed, she resorted to protesting.
On set, people treated her badly as though she did not know what she was talking about.
“Worked with an actor years ago who’d harass me constantly when no one was looking. He’d lick his lips, make snaaks comments,etc. I reported him to the SE. Nothing was done. Reported again. No action. Until I refused to work. I went to the studio. Block. “Action!” I’d sit instead,” she wrote.
Eventually Nokuthula said she had a meeting with the bosses to address the claims that the actor later denied.
“It hurt deeply, but I knew nobody was coming to save me. I still refused to shoot. It was tense. I knew I was not in the wrong – I’d been wronged. Rewrites and the story was cut short…I regret nothing about standing up and fighting for myself. In fact, I regret not punching him in the face. I was 24.” she tweeted.
You finally get the big break you’ve prayed and worked tirelessly for. You get to work, a random Simon sexually harasses you. Your big break becomes a nightmare.
— 🌈Nokuthula Miya-Mshengu (@NoxNonozi) July 20, 2020