’Double jeopardy to punish him again’ - child rapist Kannaland mayor won't step down despite public outcry
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CAPE TOWN The Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (Icosa) has announced that convicted child rapist Jeffrey Donson won't step down as Kannaland mayor.
The party’s provincial chairperson, David Kamfer said they had noted the “negative” media coverage concerning Donson.
“The sudden negative coverage is a well-orchestrated agenda to diminish the good work done by Icosa for the community of Kannaland, and to impugn the Constitutional rights of the community to elect public officials of their choice.
“Icosa upholds all the rights of South Africans, including political rights, whereby every citizen has the right to vote in elections for any legislative body established in terms of the Constitution, to stand for public office and if elected to hold office,” Kamfer said.
The ANC in the Western Cape this week said it would review its coalition agreement with the party following the outcry over Donson's re-election as mayor.
Donson was convicted of statutory rape and indecent assault while he was Kannaland mayor in 2008.
Kamfer said Donson paid his dues and had been deemed fit by the courts.
“Icosa emphasises that (Donson) has never hidden parts of his life from the public. He was convicted of statutory rape and indecent assault in 2008 of a minor who lived as a life partner of a 50-year-old man for some time, and as such, had no knowledge of her age at the time and assumed that she was of legal age.
“To want to punish him again while he was already punished, by forcing his removal as executive mayor would be tantamount to double jeopardy, a principle prohibited in terms of our law and democracy,” he said.
Commissioner for Children, Christina Nomdo said Donson’s appointment sets a terrible example to society.
“This is a damning indictment of South Africa’s commitment to end gender-based violence and our promise to protect children. In a country where adult men use power and control to manipulate young children, especially girls, we cannot afford to put children at risk,” Nomdo said.