A former member of Parliament, who was arrested on allegations of raping his two daughters, appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court today. The case was postponed until Thursday.
Mpumalanga police arrested the man, who is still an ANC provincial executive committee member, today.
City Press opted to not name the man in order to protect the minors involved in the case, even though the ANC had issued a statement naming him.
Provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, confirmed to City Press that a “senior ANC politician” had been arrested on charges of rape.
“We can confirm that a politician and his stepson have been arrested,” Hlathi said.
Not the first rape allegation
In 2011, the man was charged with raping a 26-year-old woman.
He maintained that they had engaged in consensual sex and were in relationship. The National Prosecuting Authority declined to prosecute him after examining the evidence.
The politician served in former premier David Mabuza’s cabinet.
Mabuza deployed him to his cabinet in 2015, a move many in politics considered to be suicidal because he was poised to be appointed to national Cabinet or be a deputy minister.
The ANC in Mpumalanga said in a statement that it was in “serious shock” and angry about the rape allegations.
Acting provincial secretary, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, said: “The ANC takes these allegations extremely seriously, as the president has characterised gender-based violence – which includes rape – as a pandemic which we should all be struggling to defeat at all costs.”
Ntshalintshali said that the man had been suspended as a member of the ANC and provincial executive committee until the case was concluded in court.
“[This] is consistent with the resolutions of the most recent national executive committee meeting of the ANC and the 54th national conference, which resolved that all members charged for corruption and other serious crimes should step aside from all activities associated with the ANC.”
The call for him to step aside would happen concurrently with other formal procedures of the ANC “which take place when its members and leaders are found to be in conflict with the law”. These include appearing in front of the integrity commission and disciplinary committee, she said.
Ntshalintshali added that the ANC stood with the victims and complainants in this case and assured them that it would do all in its might for justice to be served.
- This article was updated on September 28 2020 to include the court appearance.