ANC Spokesperson Pule Mabe accused of sexual harassment

African National Congress (ANC) National spokesperson, Pule Mabe's personal assistant has accused him of sexual harassment.

In a letter seen by Eyewitness News, the 26-year-old woman says Mabe wanted to have sex with her in exchange for the job.

The woman says she was approached by Mabe for the job despite not having the required qualifications.

Recounting the first time she was harassed, the woman says Mabe entered her bed uninvited.

EWN political reporter, Clement Manyathela shares the details on the story.

Mabe booked two hotel rooms. It turned out one of the rooms was for her and Mabe went into her bedroom at night and started working from her hotel room. He told this lady he cannot be in his bedroom alone and do this assignment. She speaks about how she was tired and wanted to sleep but also gripped with fear.....

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

She says in the middle of the night while Pule was still working on completing his assignment, she suddenly felt that all the lights went off. Mabe slipped into her blanket and wrapped his legs around her body.... that is the first incident she details.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

The second time, the woman says Mabe had booked a chalet with two bedrooms and chose to sleep in the same chalet as her.

What happened at the chalet is that when she was in her bedroom speaking to her boyfriend, Pule walked in moved closer to the bed and wrapped his arms around her. There is a way she describes how fearful she was and Pule Mabe was trying to get closer to her...

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

She had not signed a contract yet and that is why in this letter she says she is convinced that Pule Mabe wanted to have sex with her in exchange for the job that she was given.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

After she refused these advances, Pule Mabe started to be hostile toward her, accused her of not doing her job. It got to a point where he even cut off her salary to R 15 000 without explanation. She said she was told by HR that this matter must stay between her and HR at Luthuli House.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

It's understood Mabe will be attending a grievance hearing on Wednesday. Manyathela said he has tried to get hold of the ANC's Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte.

He says he has spoken to Mabe who says he has no knowledge of the letter but is aware of the hearing.

Click on the link below to listen to the full report....

The African National Congress (ANC) has confirmed that a complaint has been lodged at Luthuli House.

ANC head of presidency Zizi Kodwa says a grievance panel has been established to deal with the matter.

When we received the compliant last week, we immediately acted on it because we regard this matter quite seriously. Given the seriousness of the allegations and the fact that this is the PA to the spokesperson we want the matter to be dealt with speedily.

Zizi Kodwa, ANC head of presidency

We hope later this week the panel would have net and perhaps by the end of this week or early next week we get a report.

Zizi Kodwa, ANC head of presidency

Click on the link below to hear more from Kodwa....


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