Muthambi’s name used in sex­ual as­sault drama

Politi­cian lures woman into bushes for fake meet­ing

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Meta Mphahlele mphahlelema@sun­day­

A lead­ing­fig­ure in the FaithHar­vest Bi­ble Church and mem­ber of the ANC’s Con­cerned South Africans Group al­legedly used the name of the for­mer min­is­ter of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and public ser­vice & ad­min­is­tra­tion, Faith Muthambi, to lure one of his of­fice work­ers to the bushes, where he sex­u­ally as­saulted her.

The woman (name with­held) told Sun­day World their work ne­ces­si­tated the two to travel to­gether to meet­ings and events. She said on that fate­ful week­end, she trav­elled with the man and two other col­leagues toTho­hoyan­dou, Lim­popo, for a com­mu­nity meet­ing of mem­bers.

“Wear­rivedin Tho­hoyan­douon­aSatur­day night, July 15, for a meet­ing on July 16. That same night, the man re­ceived a call and told us it wasMuthambi on the phone and she had asked to meet with him. He told the two col­leagues to stay be­hin­das he was only tak­ing me to meet Muthambi.

“We drove for some time un­til I re­alised we were driv­ing into some bushes. I be­camescared, I asked wherewew­ere­go­ing and asked him to call Muthambi again. He then made a call but the phone was off. I plead­ed­with­himto drive­out­ofthe­bushes be­cause it was not safe,” she said.

The woman de­clined to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails of the at­tack but con­firmed she had opened a case two weeks later.

She fur­ther al­leged that a cer­tain cop at the Joburg po­lices­ta­tion dis­cour­aged from open­ing the case.

“The next day a friend ac­com­pa­nied me to Luthuli House, where I re­ported the mat­ter. Through their in­ter­ven­tion, a case was fi­nally opened and the docket was re­ferred to Tho­hoyan­dou where the in­ci­dent hap­pened,” the woman said.

The woman said she also re­ported the manto theCCMAafter hefailedto pay­her July salary and un­fairly dis­missed her on July 25.

Sun­day World has seen What­sApp con­ver­sa­tions where the woman re­quests her money while the man tells her she will not get her full salary as he will deduct money he gave her for petrol and other things.

The woman fur­ther ac­cused him of us­ing names of prom­i­nent politi­cians to con peo­ple and prom­ise them ten­ders, claim­ing he is also close to the pres­i­dent.

The politi­cian ac­knowl­edged the case at the CCMA, but de­nied all other al­le­ga­tions against him. “I didn’t do it. I am into pol­i­tics where I fight cor­rup­tion, so I would not do such a thing,” the man said.

He ac­cused the woman of plot­ting with his en­e­mies. He said that he had fired her be­cause she stole his per­sonal doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing an ID book and bank state­ments.

“If she said I sex­u­ally as­saulted her in July, why didn’t she open a case im­me­di­ately?

“She can go and open a case and I will co­op­er­ate with the po­lice,” he said.

Muthambi de­nied know­ing politi­cian.

“I have never met or spo­ken to that per­son in my en­tire po­lit­i­cal life. I can’t even tell how he looks like be­cause I don’t know him. It is disin­gen­u­ous for him to men­tion my name. He must leave me out of his con­tro­ver­sies,” said Muthambi.


/Sandile Ndlovu

Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng is fight­ing the SABC for his re­in­state­ment and pen­sion fund.

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