- The Democratic Alliance is being sued for R10 million after allegedly interviewing a woman in a toilet
- The woman, Ntombenhle Rulumeni, says she was humiliated when 2 DA MPs took her to the toilets of a golf course for her job interview
- Rulumeni is a member of the DA and was applying for the position of a ward councillor in the Buffalo City metro
A woman from East London is suing the Democratic Alliance for an amount of R10 million after allegedly being interviewed for a councillor position in a toilet.
DA member, Ntombenhle Rulumeni, says in 2016, 2 DA officials took her to a toilet at the East London Golf Club in Bunkers Hill and was then interviewed for a position as a ward councillor in the Buffalo City metro.
A table and chairs were ready in the toilet.
TimesLIVE reported that Rulumeni lodged a civil claim against the DA for humiliation, loss of income and undermining her dignity.
Rulumeni joined the DA in 2011 and said the toilet interview was the second interview she had to do for the position.
The first interview saw her application rejected, and she was told it was because she lied during the interview about fundraising for the party.
Rulumeni then gave evidence to prove that she was not lying and was called in for a second interview.
That was a very sad day for myself. I was humiliated, and I was wondering why are they even doing this to me, because they say they are the custodians of the constitution and they are in the position of authority as DA MPs.
The actions of the DA brought into sharp focus painful memories of the treatment of black people by white people under apartheid, as all the people who subjected [me] to this humiliation were white and one of them being a male in female toilets.
Rulumeni was later told she failed the interview but claims it is because she could not focus during it. She added they were continuously interrupted by people making use of the toilets. It was also uncomfortable for her to have a man in the women's toilets.
When Rulumeni complained at the Human Rights Commission, she was informed they would be defending the DA's members.
Briefly.co.za learned that Rulumeni was suspended from the DA's party structures that she served on.
She says she will not leave the party because she did nothing wrong.
I am still a member of the DA, I have no intention to leave the party because I have done nothing wrong. I have never been taken to any disciplinary hearing. I have instead had good references for my strong work ethic. Why must I leave as if I am running away, as if I did wrong? Right now I am focusing on this case and restoring my dignity.
Nqaba Bhanga, Eastern Cape DA leader, stated the party will wait to see what happens during the court case.
As the DA we respect our constitution. We will wait to hear what the court says about what happened and how it happened, and if the court takes a decision we will have to consider that decision as a party.
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