Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Mogale City human resources manager Hum-prey Mmemezi, who has been accused of being a sex pest, seems to be sinking deeper into trouble.

Four women have laid charges of sexual harassment against him.

Now the women and six other municipality employees have laid a charge of intimidation against him with the Krugersdorp police.

"We got hold of his statement to be submitted to the investigator.

"In it he threatened all of us and said we will follow him to grave within three to six months. He also said that his life is in danger," said one of his alleged victims.

Sowetan is in possession of the document.

Krugersdorp police spokesperson Captain Jacob Raboroko confirmed that a case of intimidation had been opened against Mmemezi and said police were investigating.

In the statement, Mmemezi claimed that throughout his 34-year-long career he had been "subjected to insults".

He claimed that on his arrival at Mogale City's HR department his "uncompromising stance towards corruption" had "caused a lot of hatred on the part of his colleagues".

The four women who had laid charges against the 53-year-old in October last year accused him of fondling them when they went into his office.

The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) coordinator on the West Rand, Shado Shongwe, said that according to municipality manager Dan Matshitiso, Mmemezi had been suspended last Monday.

According to Mogale City sources, Mmemezi was suspended with pay pending the investigation.

But when asked to comment, Matshitiso denied that Mmemezi had been suspended and referred Sowetan to spokesperson Bongani Gaeje, who declined to comment.

Mmemezi denied he had been suspended, but said he has not been at work. "People ... know me very well as far as my good work is concerned."

Mmemezi has maintained his innocence regarding the harassment charges.