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EqualEducationTimeslive reports that, while protesting his innocence‚ Equal Education general secretary Tshepo Motsepe has resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.  An independent panel will now investigate the assertions made against him by some women staff at the civil society organisation.  

The women who came forward are EE staff and they will be offered counselling in the interim.  The allegations against Motsepe were disclosed to members of EE’s senior management team on 18 April.  A preliminary investigation was conducted‚ and a formal complaint was then submitted to EE’s National Council on 24 April, when it was resolved that an assessment panel would be appointed.  "On Wednesday 25 April‚ he tendered his resignation.  He has not accepted wrongdoing at this stage‚ and the National Council has resolved to continue with the appointment of an independent panel to investigate the allegations‚" EE said in a statement.  Leanne Jansen-Thomas has been appointed as interim national coordinator.  A separate‚ broader assessment process will also be set up to examine EE’s record of dealing with mistreatment in the workplace‚ EE’s policies and procedures in regard to sexual harassment‚ and the organisational norms and culture which currently exist at EE.

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