Community: ‘No bail for rape suspect’

2019-09-18 06:01
Members of the ANCWL call for an end to violence against women. photo: andile sithole

Members of the ANCWL call for an end to violence against women. photo: andile sithole

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“STOP women abuse. Rapists deserve to rot in jail.”

These were the words of angry protesters and members of the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) who sang revolutionary songs and demonstrated outside Greytown Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where the man accused of raping an ANC volunteer appeared.

It is alleged that the rape took place on the night of September 14 at a house believed to be council property in Greytown, assigned to Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane.

The suspect, who is a close relative of the mayor, appeared briefly before the court.

It is alleged that the suspect had initially spiked the victim’s drink before he allegedly raped her.

Angry community members took to the streets to show support for the victim.

ANCWL chairperson in the Inkosi Bhambatha Region Ntombi Ngubane called on women to unite and fight against abuse.

“We gathered as the ANCWL to support a woman who was raped. We protested outside court to oppose bail. He deserves a life sentence for what he did to a young woman.

“The incident happened at the time when the president of the ANCWL, Bathabile Dlamini, urged us to fight against women abuse and child [abuse]. These incidents occur all around the country, where women are being abused by their relatives, neighbours or friends. We condemn such incidents.

“Last week, we attended a conference at Dundee where we raised issues pertaining to women and child abuse,” she said.

Ngubane said the members of the ANCWL will continue to attend the court proceedings until the matter is finalised.

She urged women who have been victims of abuse in the Inkosi Bhambatha Region, Umvoti and other areas to come forward and report the incidents to the police.

“Women must not be shy to come out and report rape cases to the authorities. A rape victim needs counselling,” Ngubane said.

The matter was adjourned for Monday, September 23 for further investigation.

The suspect remains in custody. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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