- Kgoerano Kekana, the woman who accused Pule Mabe of sexually harassment, has said the ruling party failed her
- Kekana accused Mabe of harassing her on three occasions while she had been employed as his personal assistant
- The ANC's grievance panel has since said there was no evidence to substantiate her claims
Kgoerano Kekana, the woman who accused Pule Mabe of sexually harassing her, has said the way in which the matter has been handled speaks volumes of the ANC.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Mabe has been cleared by the party's grievance panel and is expected to return to work.
Kekana, however, has come out saying the party she has served since the tender age of 15 has failed her:
“I feel the outcome was not fair on my side. I feel that my case, to a large extent, has been politicised to an extent that my pain was overlooked.”
According to Eyewitness News, Kekana had reported Mabe for harrassing her on three occasions while she had been his personal assistant.
She explained that she did not understand what evidence the ANC had needed during the investigation:
“Sexual harassment is not like murder; it’s not like when someone puts a bullet in my head and I say this is a bullet in my head to prove it and so on. Sexual harassment is mostly about how I feel; how I felt that my rights were violated by someone I considered as a comrade and a brother.”
Kekana now plans to take the issue to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. However, the damage is done. She explained that if the party had been serious about sexual harassment, the outcome would have been completely different.
In a statement on the matter, she says the panel has caved to allow toxic masculinity, misogyny and patriarchy:
“How do I move forward when I know this is what I’ve been through... that the man who’s inflicted pain on me just walks free?”
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