The Limpopo provincial government has confirmed the renewal of sex pest Sam Rampedi's employment contract as head of the province's local government and housing.
According to Limpopo government spokesman, Mogale Nchabeleng, Premier Sello Moloto renewed Rampedi's contract a few days before he was found guilty of sexually harassing a former colleague, Thato Mocumie, during his tenure as Polokwane's municipal manager.
The court ordered him to pay R90000 in damages.
Last Thursday the ANC Youth League wrote a letter to the provincial executive council demanding that Rampedi be fired. The ANCYL letter says it will not "tolerate any inaction on this matter which has the potential to undermine the ANC's election campaign".
ANCYL provincial chairman Lehlohonolo Masoga said the renewal of the contract was "irregular".
"The provincial executive committee was not consulted, though there's a moratorium on the appointment of senior management," said Masoga.
Nchabeleng refused to comment on the ANCYL's call for Rampedi to be fired. He said he was not aware of the ANCYL's letter to this effect.
Provincial convener of the Progressive Women's Movement (Limpopo) and local government and housing MEC Maite Nkoana-Mashabane flatly refused to comment and referred questions to the office of the premier.
Deputy chairman of the ANC Women's League in the province, Joy Matshoge, said Rampedi's matter was disturbing "especially because we are about to enter into the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence against Women and Children".