Minister reverses appointment over scandal: Denies any prior knowledge

Minister reverses appointment over scandal: Denies any prior knowledge

- Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has denied any knowledge of allegations against Newyear Ntuli

- The former SAPO worker has been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace

- This comes as the Communications Minister opted to reverse his recent appointment

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Newyear Ntuli has caused Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams a fair bit of drama this week.

The Citizen reports that Ntuli had been appointed as the administrator of the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa.

But shortly after his appointment, Ntuli was exposed to allegations of sexual misconduct during his time at the South African Post Office.

He had resigned over accusations of groping, spanking and even offering jobs for intercourse by numerous junior staff members.

The minister has denied any prior knowledge of the accusations, revealing that Ntuli's record had only shown he had left his post without any information as to why.

The allegations are reportedly kept out of the public domain leaving the minister rethinking her selection.

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Briefly.co.za reported that the death of 19-year-old Uyinene had seen Ndabeni-Abrahams' vowing that the department would enforce stricter employee vetting.

The murder of the UCT student at the hands of a Post Office employee, who had secured the position despite having a prior conviction had been a point of outrage in Mzansi.

While Ntuli's appointment has been reversed, it has raised questions over the Communications Minister's promises to ensure state employees in her department would undergo thorough background checks.

Meanwhile, the Post Office has declined to put forward any information surrounding Ntuli's tenor under their employ.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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