Newyear Ntuli's appointment was withdrawn amidst allegations of sexual harassment
Towards the end of 2019, Eyewitness News (EWN) reported that Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams had withdrawn the appointment of Newyear Ntuli as the administrator of the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa) amidst allegations of sexual misconduct.
After hearing of his appointment, a number of current and former Post Office employees went to the news service alleging that Ntuli had left the post office under a cloud of similar accusations. Apparently, Ntuli had a tendency to grope and spank women, promising them jobs if they slept with him, or terminate their employment if they didn’t and give those jobs to who did.
The communications minister later rescinded the appointment claiming she hadn’t been aware of the reason for Ntulis departure from the post office, saying she was under the impression that he had simply resigned. The former Post Office executive has since said that he had accepted the minister's decision but that he was seeking legal counsel regarding the allegations against him.
“Since then, more former and current Post Office employees have been coming forward to disclose their ordeals under the tenure of Newyear Ntuli as an IT executive,” reads an EWN report.
“One woman said Ntuli told her if she slept with him, she would get a position while another said HR told her short dresses were the reason for her harassment and that she must stop wearing them.”