It has not been a great week for the ANC. It has been an even worse week for the party’s national spokesperson, Pule Mabe, who stands accused by his former personal assistant of sexual harassment.
The 26-year-old wrote a 14-page letter of complaint to the deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, telling of the horrors of working for Mabe.
Pule Mabe sexual harassment scandal
In the grievance letter, the PA, an avid supporter of the ANC Youth League, recalled a number of occasions where she found herself cornered by Mabe, who was allegedly doing everything in his power to initiate a sexual relationship with her.
After refusing his advances on a consistent basis, the PA alleged that Mabe started abusing her emotionally and even went as far as allegedly cutting her salary.
Mabe has since taken leave from his duties until the internal processes into the complaint have concluded.
DA calls on the ANC to suspend Pule Mabe
While this request has been accepted by the ANC, the Democratic Alliance (DA) have called on the ruling party to do what’s right and suspend Mabe.
“The DA notes ANC Spokesperson Pule Mabe’s decision to take leave following a sexual harassment complaint lodged against him by a party staffer. This is, however, not enough given the seriousness of the accusations.
We, therefore, call on the failing ANC to place Mabe on suspension until investigations into the matter are concluded. The allegation shows that the sex-for-jobs scourge is endemic in ANC structures and it extends all the way to the upper echelons of Luthuli House,” The opposition party said in a statement.
The ANC has revelaed that it would launch an inquiry into Mabe’s conduct and act on the spokesperson once matters have concluded. Until then, Mabe will remain in his position.
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