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EqualEducationNews24 reports that an Equal Education (EE) delegation has met with various role players from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to discuss allegations of sexual harassment within the organisation and their ongoing work in the province.  

The organisation said it now had three separate processes currently running to investigate allegations of sexual harassment, following the shock resignation of three senior members of the organisation amid growing claims of misconduct.  Treasurer Doron Isaacs, former general secretary Tshepo Motsepe and former head of national organising Luyolo Mazwembe, all resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment earlier this month.  Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer then called for members of EE, who were not pupils, not to participate in any activity on school premises until the education department could clarify the extent to which men from the organisation had interacted with pupils at schools this year.  She also wanted to know what measures were in place to vet EE’s members.  Western Cape EE head, Noncedo Madudube said EE had assured the WCED that they had strict sexual harassment policies in place and that they had acted swiftly to address every allegation made.  Madudube indicated that the meeting had concluded on a positive note, with matters clarified regarding school-based activities and the seriousness with which EE has approached issues of sexual harassment.  "It was agreed that there should at this stage be no obstacle to EE members continuing to organise in the Western Cape," she indicated.  EE will meet with the WCED again once the investigations into sexual harassment have been concluded.

  • Read this report by Derrick Spies in full at News24

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