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DA MP got 'slap on the wrist' for sexual harassment

DA MP Archie Figlan was found guilty by the party of sexual harassment earlier this year.

DA MP Archie Figlan was found guilty by the party of sexual harassment earlier this year. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Archie Figlan's troubles may be far from over.

The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament said it's outraged Figlan received what it calls a "slap on the wrist" for sexually harassing a DA employee.

Figlan was found guilty by the party of sexual harassment following an incident during a protest over the president's State of the Nation Address early this year.

While he will have to pay a fine, he still gets to keep his job, and the ANC's Moloto Mothapo says the Parliamentarian should be fired.

"It is outrageous that for such a gross misconduct that involves sexual harassment the DA saw it fit to give a slap in the wrist."

Mothapo adds the ANC will report Figlan to Parliament's Ethics Committee, which enforces the code of conduct all MPs are supposed to adhere to.

"We'll be writing to the Ethics Committee that governs the ethical conduct of Members of Parliament to see if whether the ethics code, which is members of parliament are supposed to adhere to, has not been transgressed."

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