Equal Education responds to the M&G – ‘We needed more time’

As stated in our public statement on Monday night, EE is committed to investigating all allegations of sexual impropriety as transparently as possible, while ensuring that there is a sensitive and supportive environment for survivors and witnesses to come forward.

It is in the best interests of survivors, as well as all EE staff and indeed the wider public, that the investigation panel be given the necessary space and support to conduct its work carefully.

These aims are not well served when we are given less than four business hours to respond to important and far-reaching questions that have yet to be thoroughly explored by the investigation panel.

READ MORE: NGO’s sexual harassment woes grow

In order to comment meaningfully on your questions, we first have to make our own enquiries within EE, in a manner that we will not intimidate complainants and witnesses. 

We acknowledge that concerns are being raised, including about past investigations regarding Doron Isaacs. We have appealed to people with information about these matters to come forward. We are committed to ensuring that any injustices committed by those associated with EE are investigated properly.

We do intend on responding to your queries to the best of our ability.

However, in the interests of the ongoing investigation, as well as ensuring that your readers are well informed, we urge you to reconsider the deadlines you have imposed on us. 

While you have marked your email “URGENT”, it is not apparent how your story will suffer if it is published later (quite the contrary, the story stands only to be improved by further investigation and verification). In the circumstances, the time you have afforded us to comment on the allegations is not reasonable.

UPDATE: Equal Education’s call for Doron Isaacs’ suspension after harassment allegations


If you decide to continue publishing the article based on the deadlines you have proposed, we believe it would be fair for you to include this full response at the end of your article, given the delicacy of the issues at hand.

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Advertising

Where is the deputy president?

David Mabuza is hard at work — it’s just not taking place in the public eye. The rumblings and discussion in the ANC are about factions in the ruling party, succession and ousting him

Zuma turns on judiciary as trial nears

Former president says pre-trial correspondence is part of another plot

High court declares Dudu Myeni delinquent

Disgraced former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni has been declared a delinquent director by the...

SANDF inquiry clears soldiers of the death of Collins Khosa

The board of inquiry also found that it was Khosa and his brother-in-law Thabiso Muvhango who caused the altercation with the defence force members
Advertising

Press Releases

Covid-19 and Back to School Webinar

If our educators can take care of themselves, they can take care of the children they teach

5G technology is the future

Besides a healthcare problem Covid-19 is also a data issue and 5G technology, with its lightning speed, can help to curb its spread

JTI off to court for tobacco ban: Government not listening to industry or consumers

The tobacco ban places 109 000 jobs and 179 000 wholesalers and retailers at risk — including the livelihood of emerging farmers

Holistic Financial Planning for Professionals Webinar

Our lives are constantly in flux, so it makes sense that your financial planning must be reviewed frequently — preferably on an annual basis

Undeterred by Covid-19 pandemic, China and Africa hold hands, building a community of a shared future for mankind

It is clear that building a community with a shared future for all mankind has become a more pressing task than ever before

Wills, Estate Administration and Succession Planning Webinar

Capital Legacy has had no slowdown in lockdown regarding turnaround with clients, in storing or retrieving wills and in answering their questions

Call for Expression of Interest: Training supply and needs assessment to support the energy transition in South Africa

GIZ invites eligible and professional companies with local presence in South Africa to participate in this tender to support the energy transition

Obituary: Mohammed Tikly

His legacy will live on in the vision he shared for a brighter more socially just future, in which racism and discrimination are things of the past

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday