CAPE TOWN, December 11 – African National Congress (ANC) national spokesman Pule Mabe has volunteered to “step aside” while a complaint against him is being handled by the party’s grievance panel, the ruling party said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The ANC has accepted this request, and thanked Cde Pule Mabe for putting the integrity and image of the ANC ahead of himself,” a statement said.
“In the interim period, NEC members deployed to headquarters, Cdes Zizi Kodwa and Dakota Legoete, will act as spokespersons.”
On Monday, the party confirmed it had set up a grievance procedure against Mabe following a letter of complaint against him. The party declined to comment on the allegations, saying it a was an “internal grievance matter”.
Media reports said that Mabe’s personal assistant had written a letter to the party’s deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, last month alleging that the ANC spokesperson had victimised her after she had rebuffed his sexual advances.
Calling herself a loyal member of the ANC Youth League, the young woman claimed in the letter that, among others, she was appointed without having a job interview and without qualifications for the position.
– African News Agency (ANA)