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Child rapist is elected as MAYOR in South Africa – with convicted fraudster voted in as his deputy 

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A municipality in South Africa has shocked the nation by electing a convicted child rapist as its mayor and a crooked convicted fraudster as its deputy mayor!

ICOSA leader Jeffrey Donson was found guilty of statutory rape and indecent assault and jailed while Mayor in 2008 but has been re-elected back into office.

The election of both to high office has caused a storm of outrage across South Africa from gender-based violence group to charities working with child rape victims.

Mayor Donson got just five years behind bars for rape but appealed to the Western Cape High Court where his conviction was not overturned but his sentence reduced.

A convicted child rapist has been elected mayor in a municipality in South Africa, above pictured mayor Jeffrey Donson

A convicted child rapist has been elected mayor in a municipality in South Africa, above pictured mayor Jeffrey Donson

For the sickening sex attack of a minor Judge Lee Bozalek wholly suspended the prison term and instead fined him £1000 and put him on a sex offenders rehab programme.

ICOSA candidate Werner Meshoa was elected as deputy mayor despite whilst Speaker of Kannaland Municiplaity being convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice.

The sex offender and the crooked councillor now run the municipality on the Garden Route in Western Province after being voted in by 45% of the 25,000 electorate.

The African National Congress who got 21% of the vote backed the pair by agreeing a coalition with their party The Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa.

In June Werner was sentenced for fraud to 18 months jail or a £300 fine and a suspended four-year prison sentence for obstructing justice and 36 months house arrest.

Along with the convicted child rapist mayor, a convicted fraudster was elected as his deputy, pictured (right) deputy mayor Werner Meshoa

Along with the convicted child rapist mayor, a convicted fraudster was elected as his deputy, pictured (right) deputy mayor Werner Meshoa

It was later revealed that Werner was sacked from his position as a teacher in 2012 for serious sexual misconduct with a pupil but the matter was not reported to the police.

Their convictions for child rape and fraud were public knowledge but the electorate still voted them into office with the African National Congress backing their election.

Despite the seriousness of the offences committed by both men, ICOSA bigwigs refused to boot them out, saying they could only be forced out if they served a year in prison.

So they ran in the Kannaland local elections this month and ICOSA won and pervert Donson was re-elected as Mayor and his crooked wingman Meshoa was elected Deputy Mayor.

ICOSA now governs the municipality with the ANC and News24’s Out of Order Index says Kannaland is the second worst-performing municipality in the Western Cape

Kannaland’s ANC speaker Nicolaas Valentyn nevertheless slammed News24 for revealing the Mayor and his Deputy are convicted criminals as an “insult to voters”.

He said:”The successful inaugural meeting was met with an almost gleeful News24 shriek that so-called unfit individuals had been elected as Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

“ICOSA will never be diverted by clickbait headlines of lazy rants by gossips arrogating as journalists and individual faults and frailties are no reason to give in” he said.

Action Society, a pressure group lobbying against gender-based violence, called for the new Mayor Donson and Deputy Mayor Meshoa to be removed from office immediately.

Their convictions for child rape and fraud were public knowledge but the electorate still voted them into office. Above pictured Meshoa (left) and Donson (right)

 Their convictions for child rape and fraud were public knowledge but the electorate still voted them into office. Above pictured Meshoa (left) and Donson (right)

Spokesperson Ian Cameron said:“Residents in Kammaland should know their newly elected candidates for mayor and deputy mayor are both convicted criminals.

“One is a convicted child rapist that received a slap on the wrist and the other one is a convicted fraudster and both were re-elected with the support of the ANC.

“One of the highest paying jobs in the local municipality is filled by a child rapist and the other by a fraudster. This seems like a plot for a badly written movie script” he said.

Opposition parties and Gender Based Violence groups and NGO’s representing child victims of rape have demanded that Donson and Meshoa be removed from office.

They were put into power in a coalition agreement with the ANC who supported them.

ICOSA’s Western Cape leader David Kamfe hit back:”The people have spoken and we ask people to respect that they voted for Mr Donson and for Mr Meshoa”.

The Commission for Gender Equity said:”We view this development as a slap in the face of the fight against GBV and intend toengage all relevant parties in this matter”.

The ANC began to backtrack on its support for ICOSA in Kannaland when the criminal convictions of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were exposed by media group News24

Jeffrey Donson was found guilty of statutory rape and indecent assault and jailed while Mayor in 2008 but has been re-elected back into office

Jeffrey Donson was found guilty of statutory rape and indecent assault and jailed while Mayor in 2008 but has been re-elected back into office

ANC provincial spokesperson in Western Cape Sifiso Mitsweni confirmed “grave concerns” had rightly been raised by its members and the public over their election.

He said:”As the ANC we have a fundamental commitment to fight gender based violence and to oppose corruption and fraud and it is a matter that we take very seriously.

“The ANC will not flinch on its principles and it is unfortunate ICOSA has decided to field such candidates and we are investigating exactly what the position is here” he said.

Mayor Donson said he will reflect on his position adding:”Media inquiries about my 2008 statutory rape and indecent assault have greatly startled my family and me.

“Although the event is years old it still haunts me and mortal wounds are bleeding again.I will spend time with my family over the weekend and decide my future”.



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