Vic­tim, ANC keep mum

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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.

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