ANC councillor arrested for allegedly raping girl, 14, in Eastern Cape

Handcuffs. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)
Handcuffs. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

An ANC councillor has been charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, police said on Friday.

The girl was hospitalised after having an epileptic episode earlier this month, said Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana.

He said it was then established that she had been sexually abused in Tshisa and the hospital notified police.

The 57-year-old councillor was arrested about a week later.

He appeared in court again on Thursday and the case was postponed until July 30 for a bail hearing.

Kinana said the man can only be identified once he has pleaded to the charge.

Matatiele Local Municipality speaker Nomasomi Mshuqwana told News24 that she became aware of the allegations on Monday evening.

"We are shocked and waiting for the judiciary. We have to respect the processes."

Mshuqwana said the councillor, who was in his third term, was a preacher and very active in the men's forum.

It was up to his political party to decide what the next step was, she said.

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