DA call 'sex ring' email, a 'disinformation smear'

By Drum Digital
05 May 2015

The Democratic Alliance has communicated with the women who are named in an anonymous email that claimed that senior DA leaders were abusing their power and using women as “playthings”.

“We informed them of the email,” DA federal council chairperson James Selfe said on Monday.

“They know their rights. They must exercise them if they want to.”

Selfe dismissed the email as a “disinformation smear during an internal election” and denied an earlier report saying that an investigation into the email was under way.

“We will not grace the scurrilous anonymous email with an investigation. The claims are malicious and distorted. We are not going to waste resources by investigating,” he said.

“It is regrettable. The DA has never sunk this low throughout the entire institutional memory of the party.”

Selfe said he was satisfied that no formal complaint relating to the claims mentioned in the email had been lodged via the party’s standard disciplinary processes.

Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane – who is running for national party leader at the upcoming federal congress – and four of his allies are named in the email that was circulated at the weekend.

They are federal chair hopeful Athol Trollip, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, member of Parliament Gavin Davis and DA chief executive Paul Boughey.

Seven women are named as having affairs with the “Mmusi-Athol-John-Gavin-Paul team”.

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