Trio fired from APF over rape

2009-12-02 21:09

Johannesburg - Three members of the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) have been expelled with immediate effect for alleged involvement in a gang rape, the organisation said on Wednesday.

"The suspensions stemmed from an alleged gang rape of an adult female sex worker that took place when all three individuals were present," the APF said in a statement.

One of the suspended men has been formally charged in a court of law while the other two became state witnesses.

"This court case has yet to be completed, having been postponed several times over the last few months."

Held internal investigation

However, the APF said while it had to adhere to the general principle that any person accused or charged through the legal system was innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, it had decided to hold an internal investigation into the conduct of the three.

The internal investigation had found grounds for disciplinary action and subsequently, a full APF disciplinary process was instituted against the three members.

"At the end of October 2009, the APF executive committee met to receive, consider and decide on the findings and recommendations of the independent chairperson in respect of the disciplinary process."

The APF said its committee had found all three individuals guilty of the violation of the APF Constitution and Code of Conduct in relation to women's equality, the dignity of women and respect for women (and thus of gross misconduct).

The three had also been found guilty by the committee of bringing the APF into disrepute.

"As a result, all three individuals have been expelled from the APF with immediate effect," it said.