- The woman accusing Solly Msimanga of sexual assault has spoken out about the DA official's situation
- Nkele Molapo says that the interim Gauteng leader should step aside from his duties until proven innocent
- DA Chief whip Natasha Mazzone feels that Msimanga should be afforded the opportunity to prove his innocence in court before action is taken against him
Democratic Alliance Gauteng MPL Nkele Molapo has accused Solly Msimanga of sexual assault and feels that he should step aside until he proves his innocence.
Molapo says the DA's internal disciplinary measures had seen her complaint shirked off, saying that incident has caused her to lose confidence in the party's internal disciplinary measures.
Molapo claims that the Gauteng interim leader harassed her in 2014, allegations Msimanga has since refuted. Msimanga has also opened a case of crime injuria against his colleague.
SABC spoke to Molapo, saying that she believes party procedure should be relevant in this matter:
“There are precedents, so when I was accused of leaking the screen shot, even before I was charged, I was suspended from all caucus activities. I had to campaign for 2019 whilst not being a member of my caucus. When the last constitutionally elected mayor of Tshwane [Stevens Mokgalapa] was accused of having what sounded like a consensual intercourse, he was then taken for DC and is no longer mayor."
DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone has weighed in on the situation, confirming that Msimanga has laid an internal complaint against Molapo.
Speaking to 702, Mazzone signalled her dismay over the ordeal claiming that the DA has a firm policy on similar matters:
"I am dismayed by the accusations made by Ms Molapo and you will note that the DA is the only party with a full comprehensive sexual harassment policy."
Mazzone also revealed that Molapo is facing serious allegations herself, with the outcome of her appeal pending:
"Ms Molapo was found guilty of an incredibly serious infringement by the DA Federal Legal Commission and the findings of her appeal is due within days. Ms Molapo has come forward in 2020 when the incidence happened in 2014."
Mazzone defended Msimanga, saying that due to his own complaint the politician also needs protection.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that long-term DA Gauteng leader John Moodey had resigned from the top post.
Later, it was revealed that Moodey had elected to leave the official opposition party in favour of Herman Mashaba's new political party, ActionSA.
Upon his departure, Moodey claimed that the DA no longer represented values that he believes in and that he no longer felt at home within the party.
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