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Police investigating case of sexual harassment against senior ANC official

The Democratic Alliance has called for the ANC to take immediate action against the member.

ANC flags at the party's Mangaung conference. Picture: GCIS.
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Local Politics

CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says allegations of sexual harassment against a senior party leader will be ‘discussed soon’. 

North West police have confirmed a case has been lodged but would not confirm the nature of the charges. 

The NEC member is part of a Western Cape delegation attending the party’s ‘January 8’ celebrations.

ANC Western Cape spokesperson Yonela Diko said, “Nothing official has been sent to the secretary’s office so at this stage there won’t be a statement.  Suffice to say, when the officials meet tomorrow it's something that will be discussed and then an official statement will be released thereafter.”

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Liza Albrecht has called for the ANC to take action against the member.

“We believe that in a country like South Africa where we are desperately fighting domestic and sexual abuse, it’s really undermining, when a party political figure faces criminal charges for these exact crimes.” 

The DA’s Patricia de Lille has also condemned the allegations and has called for his immediate suspension.

In a statement released this afternoon, de Lille said the ANC must act.

“The desperate fight in South Africa against the scourge of sexual and domestic abuse is tragically undermined when party political leaders face criminal charges for these exact crimes. Sexual assault charges against him must be investigated by the South African Police statement.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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