15 July 2013
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
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.
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.
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