SABC sus­pends staff ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - OHANNESBURG African News Agency

J- Al­leged per­pe­tra­tors of sex­ual ha­rass­ment at the SA Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (SABC) have been served with sus­pen­sion no­tices fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions by an in­quiry set up to probe sex­ual ha­rass­ment at the pub­lic broad­caster.

On Fri­day, spokes­woman Neo No­modu said the in­di­vid­u­als iden­ti­fied in the re­port by the com­mis­sion of in­quiry had been served with no­tices to af­ford them an op­por­tu­nity to state their side of the story.

Sub­mis­sions

"Fol­low­ing due con­sid­er­a­tion of the writ­ten sub­mis­sions, the SABC be­lieves it has suf­fi­cient grounds to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther and has con­se­quently is­sued sus­pen­sion no­tices to the al­leged per­pe­tra­tors con­firm­ing their sus­pen­sions, pend­ing dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures," she said in a state­ment.

"The com­mis­sion’s re­port iden­ti­fied ad­di­tional em­ploy­ees who may not be al­leged per­pe­tra­tors of sex­ual ha­rass­ment but may be found to have been com­plicit by ei­ther aid­ing or abet­ting sex­ual ha­rass­ment, through their act of omis­sion or com­mis­sion.

The SABC is in the process of for­mu­lat­ing charges in line with its hu­man re­source poli­cies and leg­is­la­tion."

The com­mis­sion, chaired by Bar­bara Wat­son, re­leased its re­port early last month.

The in­quiry found that man­age­ment and unions at the SABC triv­i­alised com­plaints, with the hu­man re­sources depart­ment ig­nor­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the cor­po­ra­tion's sex­ual ha­rass­ment pol­icy.

The com­mis­sion­ers re­ceived 40 sub­mis­sions and in­ter­viewed 11 per­pe­tra­tors for 10 cases lodged. At least 25 man­agers were in­ter­viewed.

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