A co-worker in the provincial traffic department has laid a complaint of sexual harassment against the Western Cape’s new traffic chief, Farrel Payne.

Western Cape Transport MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela is aware of the allegations, and said an independentant investigation will be conducted.

“When I read it, I mean it was serious, I had a conversation with my HOD who immediately took it up,” he said. “I want to emphasise that it’s independent. I don’t want this to be an internal investigation, it must be an independent investigation outside the department so that the conclusion must be credible,.”

Payne was named the province’s new traffic chief after Kenny Africa retired after 46 years of service in July 2020.

Payne is well known and has held a range of senior posts, including Director: Traffic Training and Development and Director: Traffic Law Enforcement.

Picture: Western Cape Gov

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