EFF MPL quits party due to sexual harassment

By Drum Digital
26 May 2015

An EFF member of the Mpumalanga provincial legislature has left the party, accusing its leadership of underhanded tactics and sexual harassment of women.

Ayanda Shabalala on Monday said the decision she had taken had not been an easy one, a News24 correspondent reported.

"However, decisions of principle are seldom easy. It has taken me a lot of time to rationalise the decision to leave an organisation I helped build with my own toil and sacrifice, but there comes a time in life when one must give way to something more radical, more true," she said.

She said her resignation letter had been delivered to party leader Julius Malema.

Speaking to reporters, Shabalala said last year she submitted a provincial report to Malema and Economic Freedom Fighters deputy president Floyd Shivambu, asking them to protect women against sexual harassment, but they failed to respond to it.

"As the then provincial coordinator of Mpumalanga, I made mention of the reports of the prevalence of demands for sexual favours and exploitation of women fighters in the organisation," she said.

"I requested that leadership rise up to protect women in the organisation, that women must be held with the same regard and respect that men are afforded and not to be seen as sexual objects before being recognised as independent powerful contributors to the organisation.

"To this day, I have heard of no perpetrator being brought to book about such conduct."

Source: News24wire.com

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