ANC, EFF condemn rape-accused politician being ‘cheered’ after release on bail

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ANC spokesperson Sasekeni Manzini said the ANC was not celebrating anything.

The ANC and the EFF have both condemned a former Mpumalanga MEC and his supporters, who were caught on camera celebrating his release on bail on rape charges.

A video circulating on social media shows the man, who cannot be named, being carried on the shoulders of his supporters after the magistrate’s court in Nelspruit granted bail of R20,000.

In the video, the group – some of whom are seen holding alcohol – chanted and whistled in celebration.

The man, who is a provincial executive committee member of the ANC, is accused of raping and assaulting two eight-year-old girls.

His 26-year-old stepson is a co-accused in the matter.

‘Not ANC members’

ANC spokesperson Sasekeni Manzini said the ANC was not celebrating anything.

“Those who are celebrating are not ANC members,” she said.

Manzini said they will continue supporting the victims in the case.

EFF Mpumalanga leader Collen Sedibe condemned the man and his supporters, saying it was immature and reckless.

“For him to celebrate the granting of bail is immature and uncalled for. Bail doesn’t mean you win the case,” he said.

Sedibe said the EFF was seeking a legal opinion on whether it could appeal the bail ruling.

NPA spokesperson Monica Nyuswa said the matter was postponed to 20 November for further investigation.

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