Dismissal of Sexual Misconduct Charges against Ambassador by Minister Dlamini Zuma

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO 33

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 21 MAY 2004

MS CS BOTHA (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Whether, acting as the appeal authority in the disciplinary hearing of a certain Ambassador (name furnished) who was found guilty of molesting several Indonesian women in 2001 and of the sexual harassment of a certain person (name also furnished) in November 2003, she took into consideration, in overturning the findings of guilty by the presiding officers, the (a) corroboration of the evidence of the said person regarding the positioning of the ambassador and this person where the alleged acts of sexual harassment took place, (b) resultant finding by the presiding officers that the testimony of the ambassador was unreliable and therefore improbable, (c) unsubstantiated version of the said ambassador with regards to his allegations of a bigger conspiracy against him and of him being framed by sinister forces and (d) statement under cross examination that the said person and her colleagues had reported acts of sexual harassment against the ambassador without being coerced to do so; if not, (I) what factors were taken into consideration and (ii) on what grounds did she dismiss each of the above factors; if so, on what basis did she come to a different finding from the presiding officers? N33E

REPLY:

The member has taken this matter to the Public Protector. I therefore suggest she awaits the results from the Public Protector.

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