Another complaint was lodged against a DA member from Steinkopf who allegedly threatened a fellow member with a kitchen knife
THE DA is expected to release its findings at the end of the month following an investigation into explosive messages that were sent back and forth between DA members.
The messages contained explicit swearing and vulgar language.
The furious war of words, between a councillor and the party’s campaign manager, erupted while they were trying to secure a venue for a meeting to organise a motorcade in the Namaqualand region during the local government elections.
The campaign manager pointed out that the use of his house was out of the question.
“I am not your personal assistant. It is strange that I am suddenly being recognised, now that I have to organise a motorcade. So no, do it yourself and leave me out of your arrangements!”
The councillor reminded him that he was the campaign manager.
This eventually resulted in a torrent of vulgar messages being exchanged.
It ended with the councillor telling the campaign manager that “you are trying to make me feel guilty. You must carry on, I am used to being used, I am worth nothing in the DA. I am treated like a vibrator in a whore house”.
A letter of complaint was sent to the DA provincial chairperson, Harold McGluwa, regarding the councillor’s strong use of language.
According to the complaint “no one in the Namaqualand voter district communicates in such a manner on a professional level. It portrays a poor reflection of the party”.
“The councillor received instructions from the mayor and candidate to organise the motorcade. He was trying to shift his responsibilities to members who are snowed under with work. He also failed to involve the campaign manager. The councillor could have made the arrangements on his own. His language use is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. Everyone deserves respect.”
Another complaint was lodged against a DA member from Steinkopf who allegedly threatened a fellow member with a kitchen knife.
McGluwa was advised that the member intended to lay a criminal charge.
Another DA member resigned “due to a lack of support from councillors in Namakhoi”, where she indicated that male councillors blatantly refused to work with women in their wards or with the DA Women’s Network.
A general letter of complaint was also sent to the Federal chairperson, James Selfe, regarding the treatment of women by the Provincial leadership, where no action was taken regarding complaints of intimidation, victimisation and bullying.
Selfe on Friday explained that the investigation was completed and accepted.
“It has resulted in prosecution for disciplinary offences and the Federal Council will be debate and accept a new and more comprehensive sexual harassment policy.”
He did not elaborate on who would face disciplinary action.
The DA’s provincial leade,r Andrew Louw, indicated that the party was concluding its findings into the Namaqualand complaints.
“The disciplinary hearings were concluded and the panel is expected to release its findings in the next two weeks.
“The incident involving a DA member being threatened with a knife also formed part of the investigation.”
He added that senior party member who were “falsely accused of sexual harassment” had opened a case of defamation of character against the complainant.