Rape-accused ANC councillor released on R2 000 bail

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  • An ANC councillor was released on R2 000 bail within the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court.
  • He was arrested and charged with rape on the weekend.
  • The ANC in Johannesburg have acknowledged that they’re on the facet of the sufferer.

An ANC councillor going through rape fees has been granted R2 000 bail within the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court.

The councillor, who can’t be named, was arrested over the weekend and appeared in court docket on Monday 

Ahead of his look, the ANC in Johannesburg warned its members to not attend the court docket case in ANC regalia.

ANC regional secretary Dada Morero stated in a press release that the get together was calling on members to “disassociate themselves [from] anyone who is an alleged perpetrator [of] gender-based violence”.

“No ANC regalia should be worn by anyone who will go to court to support the alleged perpetrator. Ours is to support the victim until justice is done,” Morero stated.

However, this was ignored as folks in ANC colors attended the court docket case. Morero advised News24 after the looks that there have been two teams in ANC regalia – the ANC Women’s League and the second group was suspected to be Youth League members from Alexandra.

“The Women’s League did inform the region of their intentions yesterday and we did not have a problem with that because our statement was clear that we stand on the side of the victim,” stated Morero.

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On the second group, he stated that the get together nonetheless wanted to find out if these current have been members of the ANC, earlier than taking motion in opposition to them.

“We still need to determine who were the people leading the second group and, on that basis, the ANC will determine an action against those who ignored the call from the mother body that no one should be there with regalia. If they wished to go, they should have done that without wearing the regalia of the party,” he stated. 

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League in Alexandra accused its mom physique of interfering within the case in a press release earlier than proceedings.

“As the ANC Youth League Greater Alexandra, we must state that we are fast losing confidence in the process, in that the case has already been tampered with by senior ANC leaders, advancing their own divisions that are taking place in the ANC in Greater Johannesburg.

“We have seen time and time once more the phenomenon of politicians utilizing the judicial system to settle political scores, and we concern that this case could also be a part of an extended working collection of assaults dedicated to the onslaught on the character of the accused. We are moreover involved by the intention by sure ANC leaders to stress the court docket processes to disclaim him bail and deal with the case with biasness,” it stated in a press release.

The matter shall be again in court docket in February.


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