An African National Congress panel has found their spokesperson, Pule Mabe, innocent of sexual harassment. According to the panel, the complainant didn't 'indicate what circumstances are indicative of the alleged sexual harassment'.
Pule Mabe, the ANC's national spokesperson, was cleared of the charge of sexual harassment against him.
Mabe's 26-year-old assistant laid the charge and gave a 14-page account of what she alleges happened between her and Mabe.
However, despite this, the panel in charge of the case found that she didn't 'indicate what circumstances are indicative of the alleged sexual harassment'.
The panel was chaired by ANC NEC members Thoko Didiza and Sdumo Dlamini.
The Citizen reported that the panel also said the woman's evidence was mostly just circumstantial, but Mabe's evidence was direct and proved his version of what happened.
About 2 months ago, Mabe took leave from his position as spokesperson to deal with the sexual harassment case.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the case started when a letter of grievance was sent to the ANC's Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte.
According to the complainant, Mabe was a controlling and tyrannical boss. She detailed in the 14-page letter how Mabe allegedly behaved inappropriately at work as well as on work-related trips.
It is reported that the witnesses who were supposed to back the complainant's version of events were never called to testify. In addition, members of the ANC that supported the woman changed their tune at the last minute.
The ANC's acting spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, explained that he could not comment on the matter before a report has been presented.
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