Pretoria - The mother of a teenager from the Voortrekkerhoogte High School in Pretoria has laid charges of statutory rape against a Tshwane ward councillor who allegedly had a relationship with her daughter.
The charge was laid against ANC councillor Conference John Ntuli in Attertidgeville on Tuesday, the ANC Women's League in Gauteng said.
The ANCWL's Jacqui Mofokeng said the mother, who is an ANC member, asked the league to accompany her for support.
"She requested that she needs our support... and her uncle is working with the ANC and she is also a member of the ANC. She voted for the councillor."
Mofokeng said the girl had confessed to having a romantic relationship with the councillor.
The family lived in the same street as Ntuli.
A photo of the teenager and Ntuli made the rounds on social media last week.
There were also allegations that this was not the first time he had engaged in romantic relationships with young girls.
It was understood that Ntuli had a child with another girl.
The office of Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said it had noted that criminal charges had been laid against Ntuli.
However, no disciplinary action has been instituted against him, spokesperson Blessing Manale said.
The city did not want to pre-empt any remedial, corrective or disciplinary action. The chief whip of council and office of the speaker were still consulting about what to do.
"Whilst we believe that the matter being in the public domain creates a values and or moral disrepute for the City of Tshwane, we also believe that disciplinary processes may constitute a prejudicial witch hunt with a double jeopardy effect on councillor Ntuli before he is served with his indictment," Manale said.
Tshwane's ANC Youth League chairperson, Lesego Makhubela, said a march was being organised for next week to demand Ntuli's removal as councillor.
The march would be attended by schools in the area, the community, the ANCYL, ANCWL and the Congress of SA Students.
"Why must [this matter] even be investigated. He must be suspended and then investigated," Makhubela said.
"We must not be seen as if we defending things that can't be defended."