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sabcCity Press reports that a former SABC health and safety employee has instituted claims that she suffered sexual harassment by her former boss at the public broadcaster.

The alleged victim is demanding R10 million for the trauma and stress she suffered during her ordeal at the institution – 17 years after she resigned as a result of the harassment. In her affidavit at the Johannesburg High Court, Lethabo Maunatlala detailed the extent of sexual transgressions perpetrated against her during her tenure as an employee at the SABC’s head offices in Auckland Park between June and September 2007, at the hands of former manager Louis Korkie. In her damages claim filed on 16 April, she cited that Korkie had been found guilty of sexual harassment in the course of a disciplinary process in 2019, but that the public broadcaster had failed to pay her the compensation she had demanded. Maunatlala outlined that after she rejected Korkie’s sexual advances, she had been subjected to victimisation by Korkie, who became rude and aggressive towards her. Maunatlala further claimed that the public broadcaster had failed to create an environment free of sexual harassment. “The SABC failed to take all or any reasonable steps to preserve and protect the bodily integrity, psychological wellbeing, mental tranquility and dignity of its employees and failed to prevent Korkie’s sexual harassment, when [it could have done so]. She suffered a great deal of trauma, requiring leave and medical treatment due to work-related stress during July 2007. Her salary was consequently withheld by the SABC for July 2007,” her affidavit indicates. The SABC confirmed receipt of the summons.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mduduzi Nonyane at City Press (subscriber access only)

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