“Mail trying to damage me” - Maimane


Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, has slammed the circulation of an anonymous email claiming him to be part of a sex ring amongst senior male figures of the party.

The email, which was sent out over the weekend, indicts five members as having had sexual relations with certain female party figures and offering them senior positions in return for sexual favours. They include Maimane, Eastern Cape leader Athol Trolip, Chief Whip John Steenhuisen, CEO Paul Boughey and Shadow Minister of Communications, Gavin Davis.

Responding to the allegations, Maimane, who is currently campaigning for the party’s national leadership position opposite Federal Chairperson Wilmot James, told The Star that the accusations were “intent on damaging me” adding that its sudden reveal before the DA’s elective conference in Port Elizabeth this coming weekend, was “not coincidental”.

“I have been in contact with my staff members and none of them has made any complaints. We have a campaign and we are focused on that. We have no time for this nonsense,” was quoted by the paper as saying.

Neither James nor Trolip have so far commented although the party has strongly denied rumours that the mail originated out of the former’s camp.

Speaking in a statement, Maimane’s campaign manager and the party’s Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry, Geordin Hill-Lewis, described the allegations as “false and destructive” and that James, Maimane and Trolip, who is running for Federal leadership, are “united in the utter condemnation of the email and the author”.

“The campaign is focused on the future of the DA and on trying to build the DA. This email is not condoned by any of the candidates,” CityPress quoted him as saying.