Former Equal Education (EE) general secretary Tshepo Motsepe says he was pressured to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment. File photo: INLSA
Cape Town - The Western Cape Education Department has met education advocacy group Equal Education over allegations of sexual assault within the organisation.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer said they had discussed the allegations, as well investigations being conducted by the organisation.

“EE briefed us on all three cases that have been raised in the media and the processes of investigation that are being followed in each case.

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“The investigations will be done by people completely independent of the organisation, and will be conducted as speedily as possible,” Schafer said.

She added that the organisation had processes in place to train and sensitise their members at all levels of the organisation regarding matters of sex and power abuse.

“We all agreed that sexual misconduct is unacceptable, and have agreed to work together on a new policy for NGOs and NPOs working in our schools. We will await the outcome of the investigations, which EE is hoping will be finalised within the next few weeks, before deciding whether we need to take further action,” she said.

The DA has also called for an audit to be conducted on all NGOs working in Gauteng schools to ensure all employees are vetted, so that no one accused of sexual harassment is hired to work with young children.

“These allegations are serious as EE does a lot of work with young impressionable schoolchildren, and we cannot allow our children to be mentored by sexual predators,” said DA education spokesperson Ashor Sarupen.

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