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ANC wants to review its coalition with convicted rapist mayor

In the Western Cape, the ANC wants to reconsider its coalition deal with convicted rapist mayor Jeffrey Donson of the Independent Civics Organisation of SA.

Donson was voted Kannaland mayor with the ANC's backing following this year's local government elections, but his re-election has sparked outrage due to his rape conviction.

While mayor in 2008, he was convicted of statutory rape and indecent assault. His five-year sentence was suspended on appeal, and he was fined R20,000.

The ANC interim provincial committee has requested its negotiating team to reconsider its coalition agreement with Icosa following its meeting this weekend.

"The ANC reiterates its position that coalition discussions and agreements should be based on our established principles of ensuring municipal stability, good governance, a tough stance against corruption, strict adherence to the rule of law, and the creation of a nonracial, non-sexist, democratic, and prosperous society." This involves combating all sorts of gender-based violence.

"Within this backdrop, the expanded IPC emphasized that the ANC should maintain its integrity at all material moments in accordance with the age of renewal and reconstruction." While the nature and form of coalition negotiations do not entail pushing candidates on negotiating partners, the ANC "cannot overlook the reputational harm connected with what occurred in Kannaland Municipality," the party said in a statement.

"While we accept and preserve the democratic will of the people of Kannaland, who have repeatedly elected Icosa as the majority party," the extended IPC resolved, "the negotiation team has been mandated to evaluate the coalition agreement in Kannaland Municipality."

"The ANC opposes all forms of gender-based violence and corruption, and we must always act in the best interests of our ideals," the statement said.

It stated that the ANC has charged its negotiation team with "continuing to engage all parties that share our defined principles as we proceed to create councils," with a deadline of Tuesday, November 23.

Donson was chosen as mayor, while his ICOSA colleague Werner Meshoa was elected as deputy mayor.

Meshoa was convicted of fraud while Kannaland's speaker and sentenced to 18 months in jail or an R6,000 fine.

Commission for Gender Equity probing re-election of mayor convicted of rape

The Commission for Gender Equity (CGE) has initiated an inquiry against Kannaland local municipality mayor Jeffrey Donson's re-election after he was convicted of rape.

The commission stated in a statement on Saturday that "it has been revealed that Donson was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl in 2004."

"The CGE adds that, while Donson filed an appeal with the Western Cape High Court and had his sentence reduced, the rape conviction was not contested," the statement says.

"The CGE is worried about the large number of females under the age of 16 who become pregnant in South Africa each year."

"This year, the commission met with the government and other stakeholders to consider corrective policies and initiatives to address the country's statutory rape epidemic and high learner pregnancy figures in schools."

The commission expressed its displeasure with the development in the municipality of Western Cape.

"The commission regards this development in Kannaland as a smack in the face to the battle against gender-based violence (GBV) and aims to engage all relevant parties in this subject," according to the statement.

"The CGE thinks that because they are closest to people, local government institutions should be at the forefront of initiatives against GBV." "Once the commission has concluded its investigation, it will issue a public statement.

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