assmangANA reports that Black Rock Mine on Wednesday said it was investigating an internal complaint of sexual harassment involving a manager and a female employee.  

The investigation was initiated after the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) reported the matter to senior management last week.  The Assmang manganese ore mine in Northern Cape is 50%-owned by Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals (ARM).  Commenting on behalf of Assmang, ARM’s head of investor relations Jongisa Magagula said the incident was being thoroughly investigated, but would not say whether the accused manager had been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.  On Monday, the NUM’s spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu accused Assmang’s management at Black Rock Mine of sweeping the incident under the carpet.  Mammburu claimed the victim was suspended, while the alleged perpetrator remained at work.

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