MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


KZN Legislature Is Mum Not Only About Harassment Allegations

15 July 2013    

  

The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal has condemned sexual abuse in the workplace and exploitation of staff.  IFP’s condemnation follows media reports of allegations of sexual harassment levelled against a Senior Communications Officer in the KZN Legislature.

 

“This is not the only issue the Legislature is mum about; there are various other issues that have been swept under the carpet. An IT official was dismissed earlier this year with no clarity on the reason behind his dismissal. We cannot prejudge, however, one can guarantee that there is more to the allegations than what meets the eye, as there is with various other issues such as the ‘illegitimate’ hiring of some interns and members of staff,” said Hon. Mntomuhle Khawula, IFP Whip at the KZN Legislature.

 

The IFP has noticed that the Legislature has been constantly a dumping ground of the ruling party messes elsewhere and an ‘internship agency’ for relatives of the ANC MPL’s relatives and some Senior Officials.

 

“First it was the singled-out Officials of the KZN department of Health migrating to the Legislature. Next and recently, it has become the exodus of the sacked EThekwini Municipality Officials. It is also buzzing with interns. A good deed indeed but if one had to investigate you will find that many of those interns are relatives of the Members and are connected to the Senior Officials of the Legislature. There is so much wrong than right in this Legislature that has been ignored or swept under the carpet,” said Hon. Khawula.

 

The IFP is calling for thorough investigation into the sexual harassment allegations and for the guilty party to be held responsible on the outcome of the investigation.

 

“No stone must be left unturned; if the accused is found to be innocent the accuser must be held liable and be punished. If the accused is guilty the same rule must apply,” said Hon. Khawula.

 

 

Contact: Hon. MB Khawula - 078 3034 542