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'There are no sexual harassment policies in place at all'

25 February 2019 7:50 AM
Tags:
ANC
Rape
Zizi Kodwa
Pule Mabe
sexual harrasement
Convenor of #NotOurleaders Lisa Vetten says political parties don't have clear sexual harassment policies.

The African National Congress (ANC) has confirmed at a press briefing that it has received a letter accusing its acting national spokesperson and the party's head of Presidency Zizi Kodwa of rape.

READ: ANCWL Young Women's Desk calls for Zizi Kodwa to step down

These rape allegations come after the ANC's spokesperson Pule Mabe was cleared of sexual harassment charges and allowed to return to work.

These incidents have raised questions about whether political parties walk the talk when it comes to issues of sexual misconduct.

Do they take the victims seriously?

A researcher at Wits University and convenor of #NotOurleaders Lisa Vetten says the campaign aims to find out whether political parties have sexual harassment policies and are the using them.

Quite clearly, there are no sexual harassment policies at all in place. And I am entirely unsurprised that the ANC has had what has happened. This is clearly not an important issue even after what happened with Mdududzi Manana.

Lisa Vetten, Researcher and convenor - Wits University and #NotOurleaders

She adds that it is good that the ANCWL has come out against Kodwa and has requested him to step down.

Given his position, he has to accept it as it is bringing the party into disrepute. So it has got to step outside.

Lisa Vetten, Researcher and convenor - Wits University and #NotOurleaders

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25 February 2019 7:50 AM
Tags:
ANC
Rape
Zizi Kodwa
Pule Mabe
sexual harrasement

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