Workplaces need policies: CGE

By Drum Digital
02 August 2013

Workplaces need to develop policies to protect men and women from sexual misconduct, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said on Thursday. "The CGE calls on all places of employment to be vigilant by developing and creating policies that ensure that workplaces are safe for women and men of our country," it said in a statement. The commission was reacting to the recent allegation of rape against Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. A woman who made the accusation was Vavi's work colleague. Last week, Vavi released documents to the media, including an internal complaint by the woman in which she accuses him of rape. Vavi denied raping her, saying they had consensual sex. He admitted to an extramarital affair but claimed she later attempted to extort R2 million from him.

The woman brought a complaint of sexual harassment against him, but it was withdrawn during an internal grievance proceeding this week.

The CGE said the allegation was "unfortunate".

"Sexual misconduct in the workplace must be avoided," it said.

"We, therefore, request that responsible and accountable leaders must cover themselves in glory at all times and be exemplary to the youth."

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