Victim, ANC keep mum
ANC spokesperson Dakota Legoete said he was unable to comment because Mabe’s disciplinary hearing was still under way.
“We expect the hearing to be completed by the first fortnight of January, and until then we cannot say anything about it,” he said.
The woman accusing Mabe of sexual assault said she could not comment further on the matter until the inquiry into the sexual harassment concludes.
“We must wait for the process to be concluded, then we will pronounce ourselves,” she said.
A GENDER ACTIVIST WEIGHS IN
Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality, Mbuyiselo Botha, says during a time when we recently commemorated 16 Days of Activism, it’s more evident that South African men are still in a position of power oblivious to them.
“Men are in a privileged position and often abuse their position of power. Some do it unconsciously, so as men we all need to take responsibility,” he said.
Botha also noted that Mabe going on special leave reflected badly on the ANC as they should’ve suspended him immediately instead.
“This does not in any way say that he is guilty, but rather that they regard the matter with the seriousness that it deserves.
“However, they did well by offering the accuser counselling,” Botha said.