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presidencyTimesLIVE reports that the Presidency on Wednesday announced the suspension with full pay of Vukani Mde, spokesperson for Deputy President Paul Mashatile. This amid allegations of sexual harassment.

The Presidency indicated: "In light of the gravity of the allegations made against Mr Mde, [the Presidency] has decided to suspend him with immediate effect with full emoluments. Mde has assured us of his willingness to co-operate with the investigation and the entire process to clear his name. The decision to suspend Mr Mde is also to ensure that the alleged victim feels protected during this process.” Mde's suspension came after a Sunday World article at the weekend in which allegations were made that Mashatile and his chief of staff, Mduduzi Mbada, were protecting Mde, who had had a sexual harassment complaint filed against him. The victim is reported to be a senior female staffer who directly reported to Mde. The publication alleged that Mde allegedly sent the victim “messages that are sexual in nature to her work cellphone number”, passed unwelcome comments about her “sex life and her looks” and proposed love while communicating work instructions. Mashatile's office has since announced that Itumeleng Mafatshe, director of content development and speech writing, will act as the chief director for the communications unit, while Keith Khoza, who is Mashatile's political adviser, will act as his spokesperson in the interim.

Read the full original of the report in the above regard at TimesLIVE

Read too, Deputy President’s office suspends official amid sexual harassment allegations, at The Citizen

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