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newsNews24 reports that two people were arrested in connection with allegations that women at Topbet gambling in Germiston were "strip-searched" after menstrual blood was found in one of the company's bathrooms.  

Ekurhuleni cluster police spokesperson Captain Andre de Jager said on Wednesday that the charge was sexual assault.  The two appeared in the Germiston Magistrate's Court on 9 and 23 February and were granted bail.  They have to appear again on 29 March.  De Jager said the person who reported the incident to police alleged that female employees were told to take off their clothes so that they could be checked for signs of menstruation and they were apparently touched.  Topbet, which takes bets on horse racing and sports events, said in a subsequent statement it was devastated by the incident, which went against its company ethos.  The company denied that any of the women searched were physically touched, but described the incident as "degrading" and "inhumane".  The manager who initiated the search has been fired.  However, the employee who reported the matter has been suspended on full pay, for reasons the company will not disclose.

  • Read this report by Jenni Evans in full at News24

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