Another ANC government luminary faces the music for sexual harassment

Mbulelo Goniwe, ANC Chief Whip attending the Travelgate court hearing at the Cape Town Magistrates court. Pic: Terry Shean. 18/02/2005. © Sunday Times


ANC chief whip, mbulelo goniwe leaves the cape town magistrates court where other MPs appeared on travelgate charges
pic TERRY SHEAN   18/2/05
Mbulelo Goniwe, ANC Chief Whip attending the Travelgate court hearing at the Cape Town Magistrates court. Pic: Terry Shean. 18/02/2005. © Sunday Times ANC chief whip, mbulelo goniwe leaves the cape town magistrates court where other MPs appeared on travelgate charges pic TERRY SHEAN 18/2/05

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

Despite the government-backed 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children being in full swing, yet another top government official is facing sexual harassment charges.

Jackie Klaas, head of Free State's Department of Safety and Security, has become the fourth official to face sexual harassment charges in recent weeks.

He is alleged to have harassed a 27-year-old woman, a secretary to one of the directors in his department.

A week ago Mandla Nkomfe, chief whip of the ANC in Gauteng and the party's provincial deputy secretary, was accused of sexual harassment.

Two weeks ago the ANC's parliamentary chief whip, Mbulelo Goniwe, was "given leave of absence" after he allegedly harassed a 21-year-old parliamentary administrative assistant.

Norman Mashabane, South Africa's former ambassador to Indonesia and now advisor to Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto, also has sexual harassment charges pending against him.

According to a source, Klaas masturbated in front of the woman after suggesting that they have sex.

He phoned her from his car after working hours and told her to collect a document from him. He was parked outside the woman's home. She got into his car.

"When she was inside the car he locked the doors and suggested that they have sex because his wife was out of town. That's when he masturbated," said the source.

The source said it took the woman a year to report the incident because he had threatened to fire her if she told anyone.

She reported the incident last month and is receiving counselling.

The spokesman for the Free State premier, Tebogo Sikisi, confirmed that a complaint had been received.

"The premier has assigned the director-general in the province, Charles Nwaila, to investigate the matter," said Sikisi.

Provincial police spokesman Superintendent Sam Sesing said the police were investigating a case of indecent assault and would forward their report to the director of public prosecutions.

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