Former Metro FM presenter Pearl Modiadie has taken legal action against the SABC and the station’s programme manager Anthony Soglo following sexual harassment allegations.
Modiadie is allegedly suing the public broadcaster and her former manager for 3.5 million. This comes after the media personality revealed that she has been subjected to sexual remarks by Soglo when she was still employed as the co-host of the show Lunch with Thomas and Pearl at the station.
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According to reports, Modiadie previously attempted to report the matter, however, the SABC failed to act against Soglo’s sexually aggressive behaviour, which was a breach of the memorandum of contract for her employment with the public broadcaster.
“So many times, these cases are largely swept under the carpet and incredibly disappointed that it seems to have become the norm, hence my decision to take the action that I took. It’s difficult to even begin to think about healing when no remorse has been shown and the person’s actions are being defended with no action being taken,” she said.
However, the group executive for corporate affairs and marketing Gugu Ntuli confirmed that the public broadcaster had been served with papers, but said that they did not discuss internal processes involving its employees in the public space.
“The SABC can confirm that the corporation was served with the summons and intends to defend the action instituted. Our case will be pleaded in our court papers. We do not litigate through the media,” she added.