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By unknown | Mar 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Selby Makgotho

Selby Makgotho

It seems you can't keep sex pest Norman Mashabane out of public office.

In the past two years, as a direct result of being found guilty of sexual harassment, Mashabane lost his post as an ambassador and later quit as adviser to Limpopo premier Sello Moloto.

But yesterday he bounced back as a member of the Limpopo provincial legislature.

His latest appointment prompted Mike Holford, leader of the DA in Limpopo, to say: "It makes you question what kind of moral intelligence the ANC applies to members of parliament."

Mashabane will replace Rob Tooley, who has been appointed head of the provincial treasury with effect from March 1.

Mashabane sprang to notoriety when he was found guilty of 21 counts of sexual harassment in 2001 while South Africa's ambassador to Indonesia.

He was granted an appeal and Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma reinstated him pending the outcome of the appeal.

In June 2003 another charge was laid against him and he was again found guilty. Once again, Dlamini-Zuma stood by him and upheld his appeal against the guilty verdict.

In December Dlamini- Zuma's decision was challenged in the Pretoria high court and was overturned. She was ordered to apologise to Mashabane's victim and pay her legal costs.

Mashabane was at the time working as special adviser to Limpopo premier Sello Moloto.

Despite quitting his post as a result of the judgment, Mashabane maintained he was innocent of the charges.

Yesterday he repeatedly denied he was a sex pest and claimed to be committed to the fight against the abuse of women and children.

Kenny Mathivha, spokesman for the provincial legislature, yesterday confirmed that Mashabane was now a member of the legislature.


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