Kodwa and Mabe step aside after rape and harassment allegations

Kodwa and Mabe step aside after rape and harassment allegations

- Both Zizi Kodwa and Pule Mube have stepped aside after allegations of rape and sexual harassment

- The two are the ANC's official spokespersons

- Mube has been accused of sexual harassment by his former assistant, while Kodwa faces rape allegations from last year

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Both ANC spokespersons have been removed due to allegations of rape and sexual harassment. 

This follows an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Pule Mabe, as well as a rape accusation against Zizi Kodwa.

In the interim, Dakota Legoete will continue as acting spokesperson.

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Mabe is facing sexual harassment accusations from his former assistant Kgoerano Kekana, which she elaborated in 14 page document. Kekana also alleges that Mabe ill-treated her after she turned down his advances. 

An ANC internal investigation reportedly found Mabe not guilty of the harassment, but Kekana is said to be unhappy with the investigation's findings, according to The Citizen. She has suggested that she may take the matter further, possibly to the CCM.

Kodwa has been accused of raping a 28-year-old woman in April last year. The woman claims that Kodwa drugged her, and she could only identify Kodwa as the rapist because she recognized the blue underwear he was wearing. 

Kodwas has denied the allegations and said that he is consulting his lawyers regarding the situation.

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While neither Kodwa nor Mabe has been formally suspended, the ANC's national working committee decided that the men should "step aside" from their duties.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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