Solly Msimanga

DA Gauteng interim leader Solly Msimanga. Photo: Twitter

DA’s Solly Msimanga denies sexual harassment allegations

The DA have handled the complain against Msimanga in a questionable manner, seemingly dismissing the claim by Molapo as false.

Solly Msimanga

DA Gauteng interim leader Solly Msimanga. Photo: Twitter

After a complaint was filed by a Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng member of the provincial legislature relating to sexual harassment allegedly committed by Interim Leader Solly Msimanga, the party have said that they are handling the matter internally. 

They have questioned the legitimacy of the complaint by Nkele Molapo – who claimed that Msimanga sexually harassed her in 2014 – saying that “the timing of reporting this incident raises questions about the veracity of the complaint”. 

They also seem to have discredited her claim due to the fact that Molapo is currently undergoing a disciplinary hearing relating to her having allegedly provided Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema with information on a caucus discussion on the fate of controversial former Tshwane city manager Moeketsi Mosola.

Msimanga denies accusations

The DA’s Mike Moriarty said that Msimanga has already subjected himself to a full investigation on the matter. 

“We also welcome the fact that our interim Provincial Leader has agreed to subject himself to a full investigation by any relevant body,” he said. “He has also agreed to do a lie detector test on this matter and will make the results available to the public.”

Speaking to 702 on Monday 12 October, Msimanga confirmed that he is willing to take a lie detector test to prove that he is innocent. 

“I take this matter seriously and I will not allow a situation where my sons grow up with a dad accused of being a sexual predator,” he said. 

“I am not and I will never be and I will make sure that the truth prevails.”

“I want a lie detector test and the results must be public. I will, however, not step aside as I have been asked to serve.”

DA seemingly dismiss accusations  

Moriarty appeared to have already determined that the provincial leader is set to be vindicated of the charges, saying that the delayed impetus to report the matter, as well as the fact 

“This complaint has been lodged with the party and is being dealt with through our party’s internal processes,” he said. “It should be noted that the complainant Ms Molapo is undergoing a serious disciplinary hearing.”

He further stated that a charge of crimen injuria has been laid against Molapo by Msimanga. 

“We call on the public to wait for the final findings of the internal process and not to make any judgements and conclusions on the matter.”