SAA managers accused of sexual harassment

By Time of article published Jan 7, 2007

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Two South African Airways (SAA) managers and one former manager have been implicated on various charges including attempted rape and sexual harassment for allegedly imposing themselves on subordinates, City Press reported on Sunday.

The incidents allegedly took place in boardrooms, offices, car parks and hotels where team-building sessions were being held, the report read.

SAA spokesperson Jacqui O'Sullivan confirmed the three cases.

Eric Kumkani, recently suspended as acting general manager of human resources, allegedly forcibly undressed a woman, threw her on a boardroom table at OR Tambo Airport and attempted sex.

A police officer confirmed that a case of attempted rape was being investigated by police at the airport, the paper said.

A case of sexual harassment was opened against Moagi Molebatsi who resigned as SAA general manager of marketing before a disciplinary hearing was heard.

The woman involved has reportedly instructed her attorneys to sue SAA, the article said.

In the third incident Alfred Mahlangu, general manager of flight operations, allegedly forcibly kissed and imposed himself on a cabin crew relationship manager.

A disciplinary hearing will be held on Monday, City Press reported.

In reporting on the case, the Sunday Times quoted the woman saying Mahlangu had made unwelcome advances for nine months and had forced his way into her room at a team-building weekend. - Sapa

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