EE’s Motsepe dismisses sexual harassment claims

Tshepo Motsepe. Photo: YouTube

Former Equal Education (EE) general secretary Tshepo Motsepe dismissed allegations of sexual harassment against him today.

The top EE official resigned this week, but told Rekord he did so only because his “contract was due to expire in two months’ time” in any case.

Motsepe has been plagued by public sexual abuse allegations by staff members at the organisation as of late.

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EE is “a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education”, according to its website.

It was founded in 2008.

“I was not given a fair chance to state my side of the story, instead I was made to resign,” Motsepe said.

“I was not even told what I was being accused of.”

Motsepe denied ever abusing anyone – sexually or otherwise, he claimed.

Motsepe has been working with EE for six years now. First as an education activist and later as general secretary of the organisation.

The EE’s national council chairperson Yoliswa Dwane said a preliminary investigation was held before a formal complaint was submitted to the council on 24 April.

On that day a panel was appointed to assess the allegations against Tshepo, said Dwane.

The day after that Motsepe tendered his resignation.

“Although he has tendered his resignation, he has not accepted wrongdoing at this stage,” she said.

“The national council has resolved to continue with the appointment of an independent panel to investigate the allegations.”

“We have been deeply distressed by these developments,” said Dwane.

“We are resolute in our commitment to dealing with this matter in a just and transparent manner.”

“We also want to ensure that a sensitive and full investigation is undertaken. Counselling has also been offered to staff,” she said.

Leanne Jansen-Thomas has been appointed as the organisation’s interim national coordinator.

Motsepe, however, claimed he was the one who asked for the matter to be investigated.

“I had asked them to do a thorough investigation into what happened and what I am accused of and even now I don’t know what is happening,” he said.

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