- Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said that simply touching a woman was not harassment after a clip made rounds on social media of EFF members pushing a female journalist
- Ndlozi's comment caused outrage and a formal complaint was lodged against him to the Commission of Gender Equality (CGE)
- The EFF member then apologized for his comments on social media
The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi recently came under fire for his tweet defending the harassment of a female journalist.
The journalist was pushed around and touched during the Clicks protests in Cape Town by EFF members. This has resulted in the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) opening an investigation.
On Friday evening, the CGE released a statement on Friday saying it had obtained a formal complaint and will be doing a full investigation to uncover if there are any gender-related issues.
CGE spokesperson Javu Baloyi said that the complaint was because of an alleged comment made by Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on Twitter.
Ndlozi said on Twitter: "Merely touching her is not harrasment."
These comments were made as a clip of eNCA journalist Nobesuthu Hejana showed her being pushed around by men as she was reporting on the situation outside a Clicks store in Cape Town on 8 September 2020.
Ndlozi has since apologized for the tweet, saying that it was an irresponsible comment that gave license to the violent treatment of women.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Julius Malema's support to the jailed ANC councillor Andile Lungisa. Andile Lungisa was caught on camera assaulting a Democratic Alliance official during a sitting of the Nelson Mandela Bay council in 2016.
Nevertheless, some people feel that he is in prison not due to his crime but because he was a firm supporter of the 'wrong' ANC comrades. #FreeAndileLungisa trended on Friday morning just hours after Lungisa arrived to begin serving his two-year sentence for the assault.
Those who were supportive of his release claimed that party members loyal to President Cyril Ramaphosa had pushed for Lungisa's imprisonment.
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