Jeffrey Donson, Kannaland's convicted child rapist mayor, is not going anywhere, and neither is his deputy, Werner Meshoa, a convicted fraudster who was previously fired as a teacher after being found guilty of sexual misconduct with a student. The Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (Icosa), of which Donson is the head and Meshoa is the national chairwoman, came out in strong support of its leader when they were elected to their council posts last week, criticizing media coverage.
After the news reported on their election despite their convictions, various organizations against gender-based violence expressed their alarm and demanded Donson's dismissal, and the ANC, who had formed a coalition with Icosa in Kannaland, declared that it would reconsider the deal. The Commission on Gender Equality also stated that it will look into Donson's re-election. "The sudden negative media coverage is a well-orchestrated strategy to undermine the positive work done by Icosa for the community of Kannaland and to impugn the community's constitutional rights to elect public representatives of their choice," said Dawid Kamfer, the organization's provincial chairperson.
"Icosa respects all South Africans' rights, including political rights, by which every person has the right to vote in elections for any legislative body created in the line of the Constitution, to stand for public office, and to hold office if elected." He stated that Donson's life had always been open to the public and that he had never hidden any aspects of it from the public. Donson, according to Kamfer, had no idea the girl he raped in 2004 was 15 at the time and "assumed she was of legal age."
Content created and supplied by: Sports_Line (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More