ANC Councillor in Matlosana suspended over rape allegations

For Immediate Release
05 MAY 2020
*Statement on suspension of ANC councillor in Matlosana Local Municipality*

The ANC in the North West has noted with shock the arrest of its ward councillor, Cde Paki Mqikela and his subsequent appearance in the Klerksdorp Magistrate Court today on charges of statutory rape of a 15 year old girl.  These allegations against our public representative are abhorrent and antithetical to the values of the ANC.

Consequently the ANC IPC through its officials resolved that these allegations warrants appropriate disciplinary action. The officials of the ANC IPC have in accordance with the ANC Constitution resolved to suspend with immediate effect the membership of Cde Mqikela pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings.

Cde Mqikela, inter-alia faces charges of bringing the organization into disrepute.

The ANC, as a leader of society, expects all its members, particularly its public representatives to be at the forefront of the fight against the culture of rape, gender based violence and patriarchy. We urge women and children who are at the receiving end of abuse to report culprits of these heinous acts to law enforcement agencies.  We have utmost confidence in the ability of our courts to dispense justice without fear, favour and prejudice.

Issued by
*Hlomani Chauke*

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