ANC shocked at councillor's arrest

2013-03-19 20:15
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Johannesburg - The North West ANC expressed shock and dismay on Tuesday at the arrest of an ANC councillor for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.

"The ANC vehemently condemns abuse, rape and torture of women and children and is, therefore, taken aback by this terrible development," provincial spokesperson Kenny Morolong said in a statement.

"While we believe in the established legal jurisprudence of the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, our movement notes with regret that these allegations have serious implications on the moral integrity and image of the ANC."

He said the provincial working committee would "reflect" on the incident and make a decision at an appropriate time.

"We commend the police for their continued strides in this regard and wish to extend our sympathies to the alleged victim and her family."

Police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said the girl and her friend were walking back from a sports ground on Saturday when the 45-year-old councillor gave them a lift.

He said he needed to withdraw money at Makapanstad, but instead drove to Hammanskraal and withdrew the money there.

He then bought the girls food and made a braai.

"It is alleged that after the braai the councillor promised to take the 13-year-old minor and her friend back home to Sutelong village in Bedwang, near Mmakau," Ngubane said.

"Allegations further state that while the suspect was driving he stopped his car and ordered the victim to accompany him to the nearby bushes, where he raped her."

They both got back into the car afterwards and he allegedly drove them to a nearby dam, where he raped the 13-year-old girl again.

"The victim managed to escape at the dam and she went home and informed her mother," Ngubane said.

The girl's mother reported the incident on Monday.

Ngubane said the councillor was expected to appear in the Themba Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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