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By unknown | May 04, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Waghied Misbach

Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has defended the appointment of a man with sexual harassment charges looming against him as the new director-general of her troubled department .

The cabinet on Wednesday approved the appointment of Mavuso Msimang to the top spot in the corruption-plagued department.

Making the announcement in Pretoria yesterday, Mapisa-Nqakula said Msimang should be presumed "innocent until proven guilty".

She said the cabinet would not have appointed Msimang if it did not have confidence in him and his ability to turn around the department.

Msimang is a former chief executive officer of South African National Parks, SA Tourism and recently, the State Information and Technology Agency (Sita).

Mapisa-Nqakula said Msimang was "anxious" to get the court case behind him.

Msimang's former personal assistant at Sita, Anastacia Wagner, of Sunnyside in Pretoria, is suing him in the Pretoria high court for R500000 for allegedly asking her if she would be willing to "receive my sperm".

In the summons served on Msimang in December, Wagner alleges he sexually harassed her between September 2003 and September 2005.

She claims he had regularly invited her to dinner, but she had refused. Msimang allegedly also told Wagner's colleagues he had a relationship with her. She claims that as a result she was considered a "slut with loose morals".


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