ANC and ANCYL at odds on Ma­jor sa­ga

George Herald - - News - Zo­la­ni Sinxo

Fol­lo­wing an al­ter­ca­ti­on be­t­ween a fe­ma­le cor­recti­o­nal ser­vi­ce war­den, Nont­le Go­mo (42) and ANC Re­gi­o­nal Se­cre­ta­ry Ma­jor So­kopo, which led to the two o­pe­ning as­sault c­har­ges a­gainst e­ach ot­her, both the ANC in the re­gi­on and ANCYL re­le­a­sed a sta­te­ment in re­spon­se.

The in­ci­dent hap­pe­ned on Tu­es­day 9 Oc­to­ber on the grounds of the p­ri­son in front of the of­fi­ce of the Sout­hern Ca­pe Com­mis­si­o­ner.

On 14 Oc­to­ber the ANCYL re­le­a­sed a sta­te­ment saying that it is dee­ply sad­de­ned and dis­gus­ted by me­dia re­ports of the re­gi­o­nal se­cre­ta­ry of the ANC as­saul­ting a wo­man.

The sta­te­ment, is­su­ed by ANCYL re­gi­o­nal spo­kes­per­son A­vi­we M­ba­gu, re­ads as fol­lows: “ANCYL be­lie­ves that Ma­jor So­kopo is not a­bo­ve pro­ces­ses of the ANC and of the law. We are al­so cal­ling on the jus­ti­ce sy­stem to en­s­u­re that the c­har­ges a­gainst Ma­jor So­kopo are tho­roughly in­ves­ti­ga­ted and the c­har­ges be chan­ged from com­mon as­sault to as­sault with in­ten­ti­on of bo­di­ly harm.

“De­spi­te the fact that a­bu­se and vi­o­len­ce a­gainst wo­men and child­ren are of­ten not re­por­ted due to victims’ fe­ar of w­hat is going to hap­pen, s­ta­tis­ti­cs of re­por­ted and ex­pe­rien­ced [ca­ses] is high and We­stern Ca­pe stood in 21,2% be­fo­re the ANC re­gi­o­nal se­cre­ta­ry ad­ded to the s­ta­tis­ti­cs. Sout­hern Ca­pe and Ge­or­ge Sub Re­gi­on, in par­ti­cu­lar, ha­ve wit­nes­sed dis­rup­ti­ve as­saults, ra­pes and mur­de­ring of wo­men and the re­cent kil­ling of the beau­ti­ful Hlomp­ho Mo­ha­pi in He­rold’s Bay not so long ago has cau­sed an out­cry a­round the re­gi­on and the coun­try.

“The ca­re­less acti­ons by the Re­gi­o­nal Se­cre­ta­ry, who was sup­po­sed to pro­tect wo­men, po­ses thre­ats to the sa­fe­ty of wo­men”.

ANC Sout­hern Ca­pe Re­gi­on

In re­spon­se to the sta­te­ment by the Youth Le­a­gue, the ANC in the re­gi­on is­su­ed a sta­te­ment on 15 Oc­to­ber that re­ads: “It is cle­ar that the ANCYL sta­te­ment reeks of per­so­nal at­tacks and sett­ling of sco­res be­t­ween youth le­a­gue le­a­ders­hip who cle­ar­ly ha­ve not ma­tu­red a­bo­ve their own in­dif­fe­ren­ces [sic] with ANC le­a­ders­hip in the re­gi­on. We ha­ve furt­her ob­ser­ved with gre­at con­cern that the­re are strong or­ches­tra­ted ef­forts being ma­de by an­ti-re­vo­lu­ti­o­na­ry e­le­ments who will stop at no­thing in dis­cre­di­ting the ne­w­ly e­lected le­a­ders­hip of the ANC in the Sout­hern Ca­pe. The ANC in the re­gi­on is re­gret­ful­ly in­for­med of the un­for­tu­na­te al­ter­ca­ti­on be­t­ween Ms. Nont­le Go­mo and Cde Ma­jor So­kopo which has sub­se­quent­ly led to the laying of c­har­ges by both par­ties. We firm­ly be­lie­ve that we should al­low the law to co­me to its lo­gi­cal con­clu­si­on wit­hout the ir­re­spon­si­ble in­flu­en­ces and il­l­dis­ci­pli­ned ut­te­ran­ces ma­de by the ANCYL le­a­ders­hip on so­ci­al me­dia and ot­her plat­forms. We re­main com­mit­ted to fig­hting all forms of a­bu­se a­gainst wo­men and con­demn it with the con­tempt it de­ser­ves.”

ANC Wo­men’s Le­a­gue

The Wo­men’s Le­a­gue in the re­gi­on al­so is­su­ed a sta­te­ment, saying it will do a po­li­ti­cal in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on be­fo­re com­menting on the is­sue.

“ANCWL ta­kes no­te of the news by Ge­or­ge He­rald of the al­le­ged as­sault ca­se. We ha­ve le­ar­ned that ca­ses ha­ve been lod­ged by both af­fected par­ties. ANCWL is a­gainst all forms of a­bu­se a­gainst wo­men and child­ren, in par­ti­cu­lar. We will con­duct our po­li­ti­cal in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on, af­ter which we [will] pu­blish a press re­le­a­se as ANCWL.”

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