northwestuniversityNews24 reports that North West University (NWU) could be taken to court for its apparent failure to address allegations that a senior staff member sexually harassed 14 women.  

At least 14 women had tried to complain, but, due to a lack of proper policy and procedure, the complaints were dead in the water.  Professor Amanda Gouws of Stellenbosch University (SU) said the Employment Equity Act and labour laws made it clear that institutions should have a sexual harassment policy.  Moreover, the university had a vicarious liability.  Lisa Vetten of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research said the university‚Äôs failure to investigate, despite there being 14 complainants, could open it up to legal claims.  On Monday it was reported that the academic concerned allegedly touched women inappropriately and forcibly tried to kiss a female member of staff.  He announced he would be retiring a few months early due to health reasons.  But, staff who had tried to bring sexual harassment charges against him believe he decided to leave before such charges caught up with him.

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