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Senior official in court for sexual harassment

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“The senior State prosecutor gave a decision for the arrest of the suspect on Monday (December 3). He received R2 000 bail.”

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DESPITE recommendations from the State that a high-ranking official at the Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, who was charged with sexual harassment in the workplace, be placed on suspension, he was seen by several officials at the office yesterday.

The charges were laid in May this year.

The chief financial officer, Thabo Holele, appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on a charge of sexual harassment, where he was released on bail. The State recommended that the accused be granted bail on condition that he be placed on suspension in order to prevent interference with possible witnesses and complainants, failing which his bail should be withdrawn.

Police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock, confirmed that the accused was arrested on a charge of sexual harassment and appeared in court on Tuesday.

“The senior State prosecutor gave a decision for the arrest of the suspect on Monday (December 3). He received R2 000 bail.”

He added that the accused was expected to re-appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on January 21 2019.

Spokesperson for the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Keitumetse Moticoe, said that a grievance was received from the complainant. “The department complied with a request submitted by the complainant not to investigate the matter internally. The department consequently requested the assistance of an external labour relations officer. The investigations unfolded accordingly, although the department did not receive the full co-operation from the complainant during the investigation. The internal disciplinary process could therefore not be finalised due the non-co-operation of the complainant and no action could be taken against the chief financial officer.”

Moticoe added that according to the department’s legal services, no grievance had been lodged by the complainant in relation to intimidation. “Furthermore, the department is not privy to the identity of the witnesses.”