Suspended Mpumalanga ANC leader allegedly raped and injured his 8-year daughter in the anus
Mpumalanga ANC leader allegedly raped and injured his 8-year daughter in the anus.
Fired Mpumalanga ANC MEC member allegedly raped his 8-year-old twin daughters injuring their private parts and anus in process, the Nelspruit regional court was told on Tuesday.
Investigating Officer Sergeant Solomon Mbokodo told the court that the victims were taken to Rob Ferreira Hospital for examination and to have DNA samples taken.
“We took the children to Rob Ferreira Hospital after removing them from their home [in July]. When we got there, we could not take DNA samples because [after] the incidents had happened 72 hours [had passed, so samples could not be taken]. What the medical professionals said is that they both had injuries in their private parts. The other victim had injuries in her anus too,” Mbokodo told the court.
The twins are said to lack family support, the investigating officer revealed that the victims reported the incident to their stepmother who told them that she doesn’t care. Their relationship with Cape Town-based biological mother is none existent thus reported the matter to their teachers.
During court procedures, members of the EFF led by deputy secretary-general Poppy Mailola demanded that they be denied bail. Kholwane and his stepson are currently in custody over the rape allegations.
Previously we reported that the Mpumalanga ANC leader suspended for raping his two daughters, the two are 8-year-old twins.
Acting ANC chairperson in Mpumalanga Mandla Ndlovu said ANC officials in the province had met and decided that Sikhumbuzo Kholwane should step down from his position in the ANC given the gravity of the charges he faces.
“It is a very serious accusation and it is really bad if it indeed happened,” Ndlovu said.
He said the ANC was shocked by the allegations and took accusations of rape seriously.
“We met as officials and resolved that he must not be asked to step aside, it must be automatic. He is not in the PEC and the matter about whether his membership will be terminated will be discussed in the future,” Ndlovu said.
This story has been edited and amended from a previous version, due to concerns raised about the potential identification of the suspect’s children. Although the ANC and DA had gone public with his name, the withdrawal is to protect the anonymity of the youngsters.