Ex-man­ager ac­cused of abuse, but noth­ing done

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - SIHLE MANDA

AUNIVERSITY of Jo­han­nes­burg (UJ) man­ager ac­cused of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing a col­league non­stop for sev­eral years was al­lowed to re­sign a day be­fore an in­ter­nal in­quiry into his con­duct was set to start.

The for­mer man­ager al­legedly sent his fe­male sub­or­di­nate porno­graphic ma­te­ri­als via his of­fi­cial work email be­tween 2008 and 2010.

But his ha­rass­ment then al­legedly turned phys­i­cal.

Po­lice have been ac­cused of drag­ging their feet in prob­ing the mat­ter, with the in­ves­ti­ga­tor al­legedly send­ing the com­plainant mo­ti­va­tional and bib­li­cal scrip­tures on What­sApp in­stead of ar­rest­ing the ac­cused.

A UJ in­sider alerted The Star to the in­ci­dent “be­cause the vic­tim was frus­trated by the univer­sity and the po­lice’s in­ac­tion in in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter”.

The Star un­der­stands the wo­man, in her early 50s, en­dured a tor­rent of sex­ual ha­rass­ment at the hands of her man­ager be­tween 2008 and last year.

Af­ter he stopped send­ing the pornog­ra­phy, he al­legedly started ha­rass­ing the wo­man in her of­fice with in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­marks, also ask­ing her to touch his pe­nis and per­form oral sex on him.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, the mar­ried mother re­jected the ad­vances, and mat­ters came to a head in July last year af­ter the man­ager tried to in­sti­tute dis­ci­plinary pro­cesses against her for be­ing in hos­pi­tal and not no­ti­fy­ing him.

“It was then it became clear it was a witch-hunt for her re­ject­ing his ad­vances.

“She was left with no choice but to in­sti­tute her own griev­ance de­spite,” the source added.

“The com­plainant, in her let­ter of griev­ance to UJ’s hu­man re­sources de­part­ment, said this guy would come to her of­fice and stand be­hind the door and un­but­ton his pants.”

Ac­cord­ing to the com­plainant, the man would also al­legedly kneel on the floor, touch­ing her be­tween her legs and pri­vate parts.

Some di­rec­tors were aware of the in­ci­dents but did noth­ing about it, the in­sider al­leged.

The Star has seen the charge sheet UJ sent to the man on July 28 last year. The dis­ci­plinary hear­ing was set for Au­gust 11 but the man re­signed a day be­fore the in­quiry was to be­gin.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Kay Makhubele con­firmed the case but said no one had been ar­rested yet.

The al­leged sex pest con­firmed a case had been opened against him but would not com­ment fur­ther.

Asked why UJ had not in­sti­tuted le­gal pro­ceed­ings against the man­ager when he re­signed, UJ spokesper­son Kaamini Reddy said: “If an em­ployee re­signs, it ends the con­tract which grants UJ the power to take ac­tion against the per­son.”

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