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EFF to send GBV unit to help boys raped allegedly by ANC councillor

An ANC councillor in North West faces two charges of statutory rape. File photo.
An ANC councillor in North West faces two charges of statutory rape. File photo.
Image: ZIPHOZONKE LUSHABA

The EFF in North West will on Monday dispatch its gender-based violence (GBV) desk to the victims of an ANC councillor who was arrested in connection with their statutory rapes at the weekend.

The councillor from the Matlosana municipality is known to TimesLIVE but is not being named until he has pleaded to the two counts of statutory rape with which he has been charged.

His alleged victims are two teenage boys from Kanana in North West.

The alleged rapes were reportedly exposed after a video was leaked showing what is believed to be the 40-year-old councillor engaged in sexual acts with one of the children. 

The ANC in North West is aware of the damning claims. 

In a statement the party said several women had come forward to lodge complaints against the  councillor.

The EFF said it welcomed the councillor’s arrest. 

“This difficult time represents a golden opportunity to liberate the community of ward 25 Kanana which has fallen into the bottom of the abyss," said provincial chairperson Shakes Botswe.

"These kind of heinous acts of sexual harassment and crimen injuria are highly unacceptable and warrant a decisive rejection of the ANC government by the people,” he said.

Police spokesperson Brig Sabata Mokgwabone said a crimen injuria case was opened on Friday afternoon after the suspect allegedly shared pictures of his genitals with the complainant.

On Saturday, two counts of rapes were lodged by the parents of two boys, both aged 15, said Mokgwabone.

“That after a recorded video wherein a man was seen having sexual intercourse with a boy went viral on social media platforms, especially WhatsApp,” he said.

The suspect is expected to appear court soon.

The councillor has been suspended by the party and prohibited from taking part in any ANC events until the outcome of the party’s internal disciplinary process.

Provincial secretary Louis Diremelo said the councillor’s alleged behaviour went against the values of the party to build a cohesive society.

“We will therefore not stand idle when such tendencies rear their ugly face. We will act immediately and swiftly to root out such behaviour. We convey our sympathies to the victims of this act and call on those who have not come forward to do so.”

TimesLIVE


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