The Gender Equality Commission (CGE) has launched an investigation into the re-election of Kannaland Mayor Jeffrey Donson, who has been convicted of rape.
The commission said in a statement on Saturday. “It was reported that Donson was convicted of rape of a 15-year-old girl in 2004.”
“The CGE notes that Donson appealed to the Western Cape High Court and subsequently reduced his sentence The rape conviction has not been contested, “the statement reads.
” The CGE is concerned about the high number of girls under the age of 16 who become pregnant each year in South Africa.
“The Commission met with the government and other stakeholders this year to discuss corrective actions and actions to deal with the country’s legal rape crisis and high student pregnancy statistics in schools.”
The Commission deplores the development in the Western Cape community.
“The Commission regards this development in Kannaland as a slap in the face of the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and intends to address all e to involve relevant parties in this matter, “the statement read.
” The CGE believes that local government institutions should be at the forefront of campaigning against GBV as they are closest to the people. The Commission will make a public statement once it has completed its investigation into the matter. “