The woman who accused African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson Pule Mabe of sexual harassment has rejected the outcomes of the case after Mabe was cleared of allegations by the party's grievance panel.
Kgoerano Kekana accused Mabe of sexually harassing her on three occasions while she was his personal assistant.
Mabe is expected to return to work soon after the panel concluded there was no evidence to back Kekana's claims.
Describing the four months under his tenure, Kekana says working for Mabe was hell.
It has been hellish, the most difficult time of my life and to an extent I was exposed to a side of me that I don't think I would ever want to see again to a point where we had to live in fear within our own ANC offices because of a particular person who would throw around threats at anytime.— Kgoerano Kekana
I had to endure all of this hardship in the space of four months.— Kgoerano Kekana
Kekana says the panel's conclusion can be expected as there is no sexual harassment policy.
What framework did they use to come to that determination to say we cannot find evidence, when they do not have a sexual harassment policy.— Kgoerano Kekana
For the mere fact that Pule just gets to walk freely without also addressing the unethicalness of his conduct, that alone is a problem. Why must you hold meetings in the room of a staff member? Why must you want to work late at night in a staff members room? ANC must have taken Pule to task about that.— Kgoerano Kekana
Kekana says the panel did not detail its expectations of her or the kind of evidence they required.
She says she reported the matter to police.
I went to the police because it was the right thing to do. I went to the ANC as my employer because it was the right thing to do, how each of them interpret this, it is really something I must not bother myself with. If they could not see that the matter being with police was a serious case, it's not for me to make speculations.— Kgoerano Kekana
We will entrust the police and the CCMA to do its work. At least there will not be any political influences coming from the other...— Kgoerano Kekana
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