SABC releases Sexual Harassment Inquiry findings

The independent commission of inquiry into sexual harassment at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has released the findings and recommendations of its work.

Chairperson Barbara Watson briefed the media on the report on Tuesday.

The inquiry was established in June.

Watson joined Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive to share more on the findings. She explains how a series of systemic issues perpetuated the problem of sexual harassment.

The first one is a lack of knowledge amongst HR experts in dealing with cases that have got gender connotations and gender based violence. I think people still need gender sensitisation awareness raising.

Barbara Watson, Chairperson of the Commission

The second one is this failure to implement policies, there was a perception from a lot of people that there is collusion between HR and managers and they cover for eachother.

Barbara Watson, Chairperson of the Commission

Watson says there appears to be a lack of trust in management and that people are afraid to speak up.

People are afraid to talk because they are afraid of losing their jobs, because the alleged perpetrator in most cases is someone in power, this fear of telling truth to power become very prevalent.

Barbara Watson, Chairperson of the Commission

We also found that a large proportion of people who came to see us was in the area of freelancers and what exacerbated the problem is the policy of the SABC around freelancers. Quite a lot of power is vested on one person or two people and because of that, it enables a predator who has all this power to then do as he or she pleases. The policy around the hiring and firing of freelancers has got to be relooked at urgently.

Barbara Watson, Chairperson of the Commission

Click on the link below to listen to hear more on the findings....


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