Msimanga off the hook after NPA drops sexual harassment case

Msimanga off the hook after NPA drops sexual harassment case

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has decided not to prosecute DA Gauteng leader, Solly Msimanga, for sexual harassment.

Sacked DA Gateng MPL, Nkele Molapo, laid the charge against the former Tshwane Mayor early in October, accusing the politician of groping her while dropping her off from a function in 2014.

She had initially laid a complaint with the DA and later withdrew it, saying she no longer had confidence in the party’s internal process.

At the time of making the claim, Molopo was being probed for leaking strategic information to EFF leader, Julius Malema.

A charge that she was found guilty of and summarily expelled from the party.

The DA questioned her timing of the reporting on the alleged sexual harassment.

However, Molapo believes the DA was bias in the matter.

Now, she is insinuating that DA Federal Council Chairperson, Helen Zille, might have had prior knowledge that the NPA would drop the charge against Msimanga.

Molapo says prior to her meeting with the NPA, Zille wrote an article that “reads like it was written by someone who knew what the outcome would be.”  

In the piece, titled Getting closer to the Truth for a Sex Scandal, the DA Federal leader questions the treatment of the harassment case against Msimanga by the media, among other issues.

Zille said despite numerous social media posts Molapo had written calling Msimanga “Eye Candy”, her “Monday Crush”;  “King Solly”, no media house questioned Molapo’s motives for laying a charge six years after the alleged sexual harassment incident.

She accuses Molapo of having accelerated victimhood after realising that she stood no chance of winning the misconduct case against her.

Molapo says she will be officially writing to the NPA requesting issuance of a nolle prosequi certificate following their decision not to proceed with the sexual assault case.

“What I find particularly strange is that the prosecutor conceded that my version was more believable, and in fact went as far as saying that with the evidence before him, he doesn’t doubt that the incident did take place. However, he will not prosecute because of one minor thing that might let the accused off the hook. Even when I said that I’m willing to take the stand and be grilled by the defence on that technicality, he declined to prosecute because he has the discretion to do so.”

Molapo says she is seeking legal advice on the matter and might push for a private prosecution.