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daSunday Tribune reports that of the four major political parties, only the Democratic Alliance (DA) has a sexual harassment policy.  

The ANC does not have such a policy, but indicated that it was drafting one in the wake of allegations against its spokespersons Zizi Kodwa and Pule Mabe.  The IFP does not have one and the EFF could not provide one when asked to do so.  The DA’s sexual harassment policy applies to members, staff, public representatives and non-DA members who lodge complaints of sexual harassment in workplaces and “within the DA community”.  The policy indicates that once substantial evidence of sexual harassment has been determined, the complaint will be treated as a “disciplinary matter in terms of the existing disciplinary processes”.  Researcher and gender violence specialist Lisa Vetten said without a sexual harassment policy in place, it was guaranteed there would be no reports of such violations.  In 1988, the Department of Labour published the Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases.  It states:  “As a first step in expressing concern and commitment to dealing with the problem of sexual harassment, employers should issue a policy statement.”  Vetten commented:  “Political and government structures are workplaces.  Those who work there cannot have fewer legal protections than other workers, any more than some harassers can enjoy greater impunity than others, so policies must be in place.”

  • Read the full original of Karinda Jagmohan’s report on the above at Sunday Tribune

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