- Pule Mabe has reportedly filed criminal charges against Kgwerano Kekana for having a misleading resume concerning her qualifications
- This comes after Kekana accused Mabe of sexual harassment
- An expert has opined that Mabe's charges are an intimidation and distraction tactic
An expert has described ANC National Chairperson, Pule Mabe's decision to lay a charge against the woman who accused him of sexual abuse as "bullying".
Mabe's former assistant, Kgwerano Kekana, had alleged that Mabe had sexually harassed her.
Mabe confirmed that he had laid a criminal charge against Kekana for misrepresenting her qualifications on her job application.
Lisa Vetten, an expert on gender rights, said this was a move by Mabe to cast doubt on Kekana and her reliability. According to The Citizen, Vetten characterised Mabe's charges as an intimidation tactic.
Kekana had claimed that Mabe pressured her for sex, and then reduced her salary and otherwise discriminated against her when she turned him down. Additionally, she says that Mabe wanted Kekane to have sex with him in return for Mabe hiring her.
Vetten reiterated that Kekana's charges against Mabe and Mabe's against Kekana were unrelated, and that even if Kekana was found guilty for having a misleading resume, this did not meant that her accusations against Mabe were false.
Vetten added that Mabe's accusations could also be an attempt to distract attention away from the allegations against him.
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