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sabcANA reports on the findings released on Tuesday of a commission of enquiry appointed to probe allegations of sexual harassment at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). 

It found that management and unions had trivialised complaints, with the HR department ignoring the implementation of the corporation’s sexual harassment policy.  The commission received 40 submissions and interviewed 11 perpetrators for 10 cases lodged by complainants.  At least 25 SABC managers were interviewed and seven cases lodged by whistleblowers.  Commissioner Mfanozwele Shozi said SABC managers covered up for perpetrators, leading to the victimisation of complainants who were forced to work alongside their perpetrators.  The complainants ended up leaving the SABC due to undue pressure and inefficiencies by management, he said.  He added:  “Human resources did not do what it was supposed to do and follow SABC sexual harassment policy… the cases were badly handled by SABC human resources.  They would not follow policy but deviate and opt to address [the] issue through talking.”  Of all the cases that were reported, no perpetrator was suspended or fired.  Moreover, all complainants except for two were freelancers, “showing how the power to hire and fire freelancers corrupted certain people in the SABC,” commission chair Barbara Watson noted.

  • Read the full original of this report at The Citizen
  • Read too, Sexual harassment cases at the SABC swept under the carpet, commission finds, at News24

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