- The East London High Court has ordered the Democratic Alliance to pay R10 million in damages
- This comes as the trial into Ntombenhle Rulumeni's 'toilet' interview concluded
- The former DA member had been interviewed for a council position inside the ablution facilities of a golf club back in 2016
Ntombenhle Rulumeni has had her day in court and emerged victorious against her former party.
DispatchLIVE reports that the Democratic Alliance has been ordered to pay R10 million in damages caused by the incident.
Rulumeni had taken the party on after her interview for a council position in the DA was carried out in the female toilets of the Bunkers Hill Golf Course, Briefly.co.za reported.
Delivering judgment in the matter Judge Nozuko Mjali, who had conducted an inspection of the toilets, commented:
“There is no doubt in my mind that the plaintiff was deeply hurt and felt unfairly treated by the agents of her own organisation even before the interview that was held inside the female ablution area at the Bunkers Hill Golf Course.”
Rulumeni commented on the incident at the time, saying that her three interviewers had violated her dignity:
"My human dignity was violated in front of everyone. There were interruptions because there were people who wanted to use the ladies' room. They even made an announcement to say the candidates can't go to the bathroom because they are busy with my interview."
Judge Mjali has agreed that Rulumeni had suffered injury to her personality, but dismissed her claim of loss of income over the botched interview.
In response to the ruling, DA provincial leader Nqaba Banga commented that:
“The party is going to study the judgment and we might consider a decision to appeal but the federal committee will have to meet to decide.”
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