The Democratic Alliance (DA) expelled its Gauteng Member of Provincial Legislature, Nkele Molapo, just days after she complained that the party was supporting the man she is accusing of sexual assault, acting Gauteng leader, Solly Msimanga.
Molapo said during an interview on You FM that the DA has never acknowledged receipt of her complaint, let alone act on it even after she sent the complaint to the party’s federal council chairperson, Helen Zille.
“Unfortunately my party chose a side. The reason why this thing is now playing itself out in the media is because they issued a statement basically casting aspersions on my complaint, but also questioning the timing. So based on what that statement says my party does not believe me and they instead chose to take the side of the accused," said Molapo.
“They are protecting him. How do you explain them receiving a complaint and sitting with it for more than 8 days and then issuing a media statement without at least, at the very least, acknowledging the complaint?," she said.
In a statement justifying the decision to expel Molapo the DA called her a “confirmed leaker” saying she has been feeding information to the rival Economic Freedom Fighters.
The DA also reiterated its support for Msimanga saying this was on the strength of his denial.
“This ruling of the Appeal Panel comes at a time when Ms. Molapo has publicly leveled suspiciously-timed allegations against Solly Msimanga. Mr. Msimanga outrightly denies these allegations, and sees it as an effort by Ms Molapo to smear his name in pre-emption of today’s serious finding against her and the termination of her DA membership,” said the DA in a statement attributed to Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, Mike Moriarty.
Molapo dismissed questions about the timing of her complaint when she alleged the sexual harassment took place in 2014.
“I am ready now and I have reported this," she said.
She expressed confidence in the police saying officers handling her case have been helpful.
Molapo said she was still consulting her legal team on the party’s latest move to expel her.