Deputy Minister proposes national register for sexual harassment perpetrators

Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga wants a record kept of all perpetrators within the public service.

Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Sindisiwe Chikunga recently proposed the creation of a register to record the names of sexual harassment perpetrators in the public service. In a virtual keynote address to mark the end of Women’s Month, Chikunga said the information on the proposed register should be made available to the entire management in the public service.

“Women in the public service are dealing with a lot of injustices, sexual harassment being one of them,” Chikunga said, adding that there was a need to make education and training on sexual harassment policy compulsory in both the public and private sector.

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“Noting the disturbing prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, it becomes imperative to reiterate the objectives, forms and mitigation measures that have been put in place through the Sexual Harassment Policy to deal with and eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace, especially in the public service.”