- The ANC Women's League has come out guns blazing against the ANC in Mpumalanga for reinstating a rape-accused leader.
- ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini rebuked the decision taken by the Mpumalanga ANC's provincial executive committee to reinstate a senior member who is out on R20 000 bail.
- Dlamini said the league had decided to "break ranks with everyone who abuses women".
ANC Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini has rebuked the recent decision taken by the Mpumalanga ANC to reinstate a rape-accused provincial executive committee (PEC) member.
She was speaking on the sidelines of a Women's League march to lobby the Constitutional Court to force lower courts to expedite outstanding GBV cases.
The man, 48, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the two alleged minor victims, was charged together with his stepson, 26.
Earlier this week, the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court relaxed bail conditions against the accused to allow him to do his ANC work. He is out on R20 000 bail.
"As the women's league, we distance ourselves from the decision taken by the PEC.
"We have decided to break ranks with everyone who abuses women. It is very worrying that on the eve of 16 Days of No Violence against Women and Children, we have the leadership of the ANC taking such a careless decision," Dlamini said.
"We have worked very hard to be where we are [as a country]. It is not us who abuse women. If the ANC believes in our majority, and if it believes we are human beings and believes we are its members, let it act against those that are beating women and against the decision of the Mpumalanga PEC."