Spe­cial leave for rape ac­cused

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AN MPUMALANGA ANC coun­cil­lor ar­rested last week for al­legedly rap­ing a 16-year-old has been placed on spe­cial leave un­til the case against him is con­cluded, the ANC said yes­ter­day. Spokesper­son in the Nkan­gala re­gion Sello Mat­shoga said his party viewed the rape case and the abuse of women and chil­dren in a se­ri­ous light. “He will not work as a coun­cil­lor and will not in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity as an ANC leader,” he added. The 44-year-old man is due back in the Mdut­jana Mag­is­trate’s Court on June 23. He is out on R5 000 bail. – ANA

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