Maritzburg Sun (South Africa)

DA suspends city councillor following misconduct allegation­s

- Jade le Roux

ADemocrati­c Alliance (DA) Msunduzi ward councillor has been suspended by the party, pending investigat­ions into serious allegation­s of misconduct and sexual harassment that were reported to the DA.

DA KZN leader Francois Rodgers announced the suspension on Monday, after the DA received allegation­s “of a serious nature” involving possible misconduct and sexual impropriet­y. He confirmed a disciplina­ry inquiry is currently underway.

“The DA takes these allegation­s seriously, which is why we have acted to suspend the councillor while we appoint a team to investigat­e the claims. If the investigat­ion is forthcomin­g, we will not hesitate to take further action.

“We want to make it clear that the party will not hesitate to take action against anyone found guilty of contraveni­ng our values and the Constituti­on,” Rodgers stressed.

He clarified that while the councillor has been suspended by the DA, the councillor is still employed by the Msunduzi Municipali­ty, and will still have the responsibi­lity to perform councillor roles, during the investigat­ion.

“We will engage with the caucus of Msunduzi at every level of the investigat­ion,” Rodgers said.

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