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Consider suspending Mabe – ANCWL tells mother body

In a 14-page letter seen by EWN to the party’s deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte, the woman details several encounters with the married father.

FILE: ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) has asked its mother body to consider suspending Pule Mabe from all ANC duties pending the outcome of his sexual harassment case.

In a 14-page letter seen by Eyewitness News to the party’s deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte, the woman details several encounters with the married father.

These include slipping into her bed, berating her in front of colleagues and eventually a swift demotion and a pay cut.

In a statement released on Monday evening, the women's league says: "Whilst we take into account the principles of innocent until proven guilty, the ANCWL is resolute in supporting the victims of sexual harassment and wishes to reiterate this position."

The ANCWL says has called for a fair and just internal disciplinary hearing saying no one is above the law.

Secretary general Meokgo Matuba says: “We’re actually disappointed, we feel that women deserve better and their rights are also human rights. Therefore, we must be treated with respect. We expect the ANC to act very fast on this matter.”

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