A 42-year old security officer under the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport (DPRT) has been fired for sexually harassing a female colleague.
The officer, who was stationed at the Parys Testing Station, pleaded guilty to all charges when he appeared before a disciplinary committee under the department for contravening Clause 8.2 of the Policy and Procedure on Management of Sexual Harassment in the Public Service. He was consequently fired with immediate effect.
It was established that some time during December last year, the officer made some unwelcome sexual comments towards a female security officer while the two were on night duty at the station. The matter was then reported to the security management who investigated and referred the case to the Employee Relations Unit to proceed with procedures for a disciplinary hearing.
“The Department has adopted a zero tolerance policy towards sexual harassment in the workplace and hope that this swift action against the officer who disregarded this and his fellow colleague’s dignity will send a clear message that sexual harassment will not be tolerated and that all officials will be protected against unsolicited advances and similar misdemeanors when on duty,” said the department’s Head of Corporate Communications, Hilary Mophethe.