Kodwa, Mabe ‘step aside’ as ANC spokespersons

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JOHANNESBURG, February 2  – The national working committee (NWC) of the African National Congress (ANC) has on Tuesday, welcomed the decision of Pule Mabe and Zizi Kodwa to voluntarily step aside from their positions as the party spokespersons until allegations against them were cleared.

“The NWC noted serious allegations of impropriety which have been levelled against Pule Mabe and Zizi Kodwa.  The ANC has therefore accepted their request to voluntarily step aside while dealing with the matters,” Secretary-General, Ace Magashule said addressing the media at the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House.

“Mabe and Kodwa have voluntarily elected to stand down as spokespersons until these allegations have been tested, but they will remain members of the national executive committee (NEC).”

Magashule said gender-based violence was an endemic in the society which should not be reduced to individual leaders.

He said the party was committed to fighting gender-based violence wherever it occurs and takes allegations against any person with the seriousness it deserves.

Mabe was cleared of sexual harassment charges by the party’s grievance panel. He was accused by his former personal assistant of sexual harassment, but the panel was reportedly not convinced by her evidence.

Meanwhile Kodwa — who is also head of the party’s presidency at Luthuli House has been accused of rape — which he has dismissed as part of “a dirty tricks” campaign.

Magashule said Dakota Legoete will continue acting as the national spokesperson on the ANC. (ANA)