Following sexual harassment allegations against Pule Mabe, the DA, the CG, the ANCYL as well as the ANCWL have all called for him to either step down or be suspended from his position as the ruling party’s spokesperson.
Echoes reverberated across South Africa, calling for the African National Congress (ANC) to suspend Pule Mabe after EWN revealed that his personal assistant accused the ANC member of sexual harassment.
The ANCYL’s (African National Youth League) Alexandra branches, who in a statement issued on Tuesday, 11 December 2018, called for Mabe to take the initiative and step down himself: “We encourage Pule Mabe to do the honourable thing and release himself from his responsibilities.”
The ANCWL (African National Congress Woman’s League) responded earlier in the week, stating that, “The ANC must also consider suspending Cde Mabe from all ANC duties pending the outcome of the case.”
These calls for Mabe to leave his political position have since stacked up with the CG (Commission for Gender Equality) calling for his unabated suspension on Wednesday, 12 December 2018, adding that “the commission does take into account the principle of innocent until proven guilty,” the Commission’s spokesperson, Javu Baloyi, said.
Mabe has since succumb to pressure by taking leave but the DA (Democratic Alliance) is not satisfied, releasing a press statement which reads, “The DA notes ANC Spokesperson Pule Mabe’s decision to take leave following a sexual harassment complaint lodged against him by a party staffer. This is, however, not enough given the seriousness of the accusations,” the party wrote, “We, therefore, call on the failing ANC to place Mabe on suspension until investigations into the matter are concluded.”
An ANC Internal Grievance Panel is currently sitting to hear the sexual harassment case of Mabe’s 26-year-old assistant.