ancCity Press reports that the ANC has closed its sexual harassment case against spokesperson Pule Mabe after the party’s grievance panel ruled last Monday that the complainant’s version was not supported by evidence.  

In contrast, Mabe’s version was “corroborated by witnesses whose relevant evidence the complainant did not refute or challenge”, said the panel.  But, the 26-year-old woman, who was Mabe’s personal assistant at the time the alleged harassment took place, has options to fight the outcome, including going to the CCMA or the labour court.  She also laid a police case against Mabe with the same allegations, which the panel felt was “an independent matter of the law enforcement process and does not have a bearing on the hearing”.  The woman laid the charge against Mabe in November, alleging that he had made unwanted sexual advances towards her.  Mabe contended that she made the complaint because her salary was cut.  The panel also found against the complainant regarding claims that she lied about her qualifications and that she did not occupy a leadership position in Cosas as her CV stated, or that Mabe was abusive towards staff.  Among the panel’s recommendations was that the party update its recruitment policy, especially regarding headhunting.  It also recommended that the complainant remain a full-time employee at Luthuli House, but in a different department; that the ANC adopt a sexual harassment policy; and that both parties be taken for counselling.

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