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CALSNews24 reports that a staff member at the University of Witwatersrand-based Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) has resigned before a hearing into sexual harassment allegations against him could go ahead.  

"The Gender Equity Office (GEO) has concluded its preliminary investigation into the allegations and referred the matter to a formal disciplinary hearing.  A few days later, and prior to the hearing, the accused staff member resigned," CALS confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.  The complaint was originally made to the GEO at the end of August by a member of the Wits community.  The unit then proceeded with a formal complaint process, with the woman's consent.  CALS said it felt it was necessary to issue a statement, considering the prevalence of sexual harassment in academia and places of employment.  The centre said it wanted to assure civil society that it acknowledged its role in dealing openly with sexual harassment to create a safe and supportive space.  "We also acknowledge an ongoing responsibility to reflect on our own attitudes and understanding of sexual harassment and commit ourselves to learning more about this and how we can contribute to challenging this systemic problem."

  • Read the full original of this report by Canny Maphanga at News24


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