Parliament Launches Investigation into Sexual Assault Allegations Against Deputy Health Minister

Parliament Launches Inquiry into Allegations of Sexual Assault by Deputy Health Minister

In a significant development, Parliament has initiated an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Deputy Health Minister Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

The allegations stem from an incident last month when a male parliamentary staff member accused Dhlomo of harassment.

The incident reportedly took place at Dhlomo’s ministerial residence in Rondebosch, Cape Town, on September 5th.

Parliamentary Staff Accuses Dhlomo of Groping

The male parliamentary staff member, believed to work for an opposition party, has claimed that Deputy Health Minister Dhlomo groped him after leading him to his bedroom.

These serious allegations have prompted Parliament to take action.

Ethics Committee Discusses the Complaint

On Monday, Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests confirmed that they had received a complaint regarding Dhlomo.

Co-chairpersons Bekizwe Nkosi and Lydia Moshodi discussed the complaint during a meeting on October 20th.

The seriousness of the matter has led to immediate steps being taken to address it.

Supportive Measures for the Alleged Victim

Co-chairpersons Bekizwe Nkosi and Lydia Moshodi announced that they had discussed the complaint on October 20th.

Additionally, they stated that steps have been taken to ensure a supportive environment for the alleged victim, including arranging professional counseling through the administration of Parliament.

Given that the accused is also a member of the Executive, the speaker has informed the president.

Subcommittee to Review the Matter

A subcommittee is scheduled to review the matter in November.

This decision was made during their recent meeting.

The inquiry seeks to bring clarity and resolution to the allegations.

Political Response and Call for Transparency

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed the parliamentary investigation, urging a swift and transparent resolution, along with the public disclosure of the findings.

Michele Clarke, DA Shadow Minister of Health, expressed deep concern over the sexual assault allegations and emphasized the importance of uncovering the truth.

The Presidency Awaits Investigation Outcome

The Presidency has stated that they will allow due processes to unfold, awaiting the outcome of the investigations.

This case is being closely watched by both political actors and the public, as it unfolds.

This commentary on the parliamentary investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Deputy Health Minister Sibongiseni Dhlomo highlights the importance of transparency, due process, and support for the alleged victim, as the inquiry moves forward.

The political response and public scrutiny underscore the significance of addressing such allegations promptly and fairly.

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