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PACCity Press reports Pan African Congress (PAC) and union leader Narius Moloto is at the centre of a sexual harassment scandal after a 23-year-old woman alleged that he sent her pornographic messages and solicited sex from her in exchange for a permanent job.  

The woman works at the Building Construction and Allied Workers’ Union (Bcawu), where Moloto is the general secretary.  The graduate started working at the union two years ago as a gender coordinator.  She is apparently a distant relative of Moloto’s and a job was created for her at the union after her grandmother called in a favour from him.  Within two months of starting work, the source alleges, Moloto began making “inappropriate advances” and sexual overtures to her, and when she reported this to the union’s national executive committee earlier this year, it was she who was suspended.  Now she has lodged a case of sexual harassment and unfair dismissal with the CCMA.  She has also lodged a complaint against Moloto with the Commission for Gender Equality.  Last week Moloto “strongly denied” the allegations that he demanded sexual favours in exchange for a permanent contract.  Asked about the pornographic texts, he said his phone had a “virus that sent embarrassing messages to a lot of people”.  Moloto also said his accuser had a personal vendetta against him, had vowed to “destroy” him, and was making false allegations because she was bitter about not being chosen to go on a trip to Kenya.  In an official statement, the union said there was no evidence to support the woman’s allegations.

  • Read this report by Vuyo Mkize in full at City Press

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