12 October 2020
PRETORIA – Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in Nkele Molapo on Monday formally opened a case of sexual harassment against DA Gauteng interim leader Solly Msimanga.
She was accompanied by civil rights group #NotInMyName activists as she opened the case at the Brooklyn police station.
The events follow the media release by the DA on Sunday, in which the opposition party said Nkele is facing internal disciplinary issues.
“Instead of acknowledging my complaint and assuring me that they will conduct a thorough investigation free of bias, my party elected to inform the accused, who then rushed to social media displaying a behavior of someone having a serious meltdown, in a lousy attempt to mobilize public sympathy, and obviously denied the incident,” said Nkele.
“I lodged a sexual harassment complaint with my party against a senior leader on Saturday, 03 October 2020, for an incident that took place 6 years ago in 2014, and not 7 years as the statement reads”.
Nkele also said she was aware of the questions raised on her timing of the complainant and she was willing to defend it.
Meanwhile the African National Congress (ANC) caucus has commended Nkele on “her bravery” in their statement issued on Monday.
“We urge the Speaker to heed the request by the victim by making sure that she is not subjected to discomfort having to be in close proximity to her alleged abuser during sittings of the Provincial Legislature” said the ANC caucus.
NotInMyName said was prudent for Molapo to open a case with the South African Police Service after making the serious claims.
Secretary General Themba Masango told PretoriaLIVE that Msimanga should step aside while the allegations were under investigation by the law enforcement agents.