SABC responds to Pearl Modiadie’s sexual harassment claims

Johannesburg – Following the explosive claims made by radio personality Pearl Modiadie on the alleged sexual harassment she suffered while working for Metro FM, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has issued a statement on the matter.

“The SABC notes with concern media articles about the alleged sexual harassment case at Metro FM and the Tweet by Ms. Pearl Modiadie,” the SABC said in the statement.

“The SABC views sexual harassment in a serious light and will use its internal policies and procedures to deal with this matter. The SABC encourages any employees subjected to sexual harassment to use the Corporation’s specific internal channels to report such cases,” the SABC statement continued.

Sunday World published Modiadie’s claims this past week.

Modiadie, who was at the station for five years until early this year when her contract was not renewed, had complained to the then station manager about inappropriate comments that her manager made about her.

The sexual harassment that the mother of one, who co-hosted the midday show with Thomas Msengana, allegedly experienced at the station has been revealed by sources, who showed Sunday World e-mail exchanges between her and the station’s marketing team.

Also read: Pearl’s Metro FM sexual harassment nightmare out

The star took to her social media to reaffirm the abuse that she had suffered, following the article published by Sunday World.

“I kept quiet for too long until media picked it up and never have I been grateful for that because it finally gave me the courage to speak out about the sexual harassment I was subjected to at Metro FM,” Modiadie said in a tweet.

#JusticeforPearl petition 

A social media campaign has also started with the hashtag, #JusticeforPearl with GBV activists calling for a petition to be signed which aims to see the alleged SABC manager, accused of sexual harassment against Modiadie, be suspended.

The petition reads, “We request that the SABC suspend the alleged perpetrator in the Ms Pearl Modiadie case. We live in a country where GBV is a severe problem. We are in a crisis. We, therefore, also request that Metro FM refrain from embarking on any GBV campaigns. We will no longer allow media houses to use campaigns and hashtags to cover up their sexual harassment, rape and abuse cases.
We want justice for all the victims.”

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