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Humiliated over a 'short' skirt

2012-09-03 06:53:02.0 | NGWAKO MALATJI |

"YOUR dress code is unacceptable! Go and change into something appropriate!"

SHOCKING! Pearl Nxele's skirt came to just above her knee.
ANGRY: Sundowns GM Kenneth Makhanya. Picture by Tsheko Kabasia

This is what Mamelodi Sundowns' GM Kenneth Makhanya allegedly yelled at the club's beauty pageant organiser Pearl Nxele for wearing a "mini-skirt" to work.

A club official, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal, says Nxele arrived at the team's Chloorkop headquarters clad in a skirt that ended a centimetre above her knee.

An incensed Makhanya told her that her dress code was unacceptable and ordered her to go and change.

It is alleged that during his tirade, Makhanya, who hails from Swaziland, told the woman to return dressed appropriately.

"What I found appalling is that he yelled at her in full view of her colleagues.

"That was unacceptable. It reminded us of how those taxi drivers at Noord Street Taxi Rank treated women who wore short skirts," says the club official.

Nxele confirms that Makhanya humiliated her in front of her colleagues.

"My skirt was not too short. It was just a little above my knees. Besides, I wasn't told about the company's dress code.

"I felt humiliated because he said all these things in front of my colleagues," she says.

Nxele says Makhanya later apologised.

"I have accepted his apology and moved on.

"All I want is to do my work without any hindrance and it is unfortunate that this happened when we were celebrating Women's Month," she says.

Makhanya says: "I have no comment but what you are saying is not correct.

"Go and do more research."

Sundowns administration manager Belinda Ndlovu says: "I was present when the incident took place. There is no dress code but we are required to dress appropriately for our positions.

"She was wearing a rather short skirt. There is nothing wrong with mini-skirts, but she was asked to dress appropriately and was not shouted at."

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