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southafricalogoCity Press reports that a top official in the State Security Agency (SSA) is facing a range of sexual harassment allegations laid by a group of women in the agency calling themselves the ‘Women of SSA’.  

The allegations have come to the attention of Inspector General of Intelligence, Setlhomamaru Dintwe, whose office said last week that a preliminary investigation was underway.  The anonymous complainants painted the man as a sex pest who called his woman colleagues offensive names, made inappropriate sexual comments, disrespected their private parts, and made jokes about their choice of underwear and sexual affairs.  The complainants said:  “We realise that this continuous occurrence did not just occur to one woman, but to a number of women, who have consented to the writing of this letter.  It is our suspicion that more vulnerable women might be in existence, but their exploitation remains unknown.”  State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba on Friday said that she viewed any complaint of sexual harassment in a serious light.  She pointed out that the agency had an approved sexual harassment policy that dealt with all matters relating to the process of reporting and handling of complaints, including the protection of complainants.  Referring to the complainants opting to approach Dintwe, she said:  “It is unfortunate that the complainant did not exhaust internal processes allowed for in the sexual harassment policy.”

  • Read the full original of Setumo Stone’s report in the above regard on page 6 of City Press of 7 April 2019

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