The mainstream media picks up on O!O’s Donson campaign
Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 22 March 2013. 07h30. The Sowetan this morning screams Free State Premier Ace Magashule’s call to “castrate rapist dogs”.
O!O would just love to understand how ANC leaders and functionaries can continue their tirade against rapists and the scourge of rape while the ANC is maintained in power in Oudtshoorn by a convicted child rapist!
This continues to be beyond me.
Marius!? Putco!? Jesse!? Gwede!? Jacob!?
And why does the local DA caucus not rise against the ANC/NPP/Icosa Alliance on the groundsof Jeffrey Donson’s rape conviction!?
Well, the DA is in a bit of a fix about Donson: the DA previously governed with Donson’s support in Eden, and the DA had been negotiating with Donson about Oudtshoorn as late as last month!
Theuns Botha’s indignation (see below at 15 March) about Donson and the ANC nonetheless!
But the DA will do everything in its power, and then some, not to take responsibility for Oudtshoorn.
If the DA does not want the job of running Oudtshoorn, why should voters invite the party to govern Oudtshoorn by voting for the DA again?
At this time, a vote for the ANC or the DA will give you the government you don’t deserve. (With acknowledgement to my friend Johan Brummer, who interrupted this story with a welcome phone call bearing this bon mot.)
Oudtshoorn. 15 March 2013. 00h02. The Cape Times on Thursday reported what O!O had been protesting for weeks: the scandalous reality of a convicted child rapist holding the balance of power in Oudtshoorn for the ANC.
My comments are in bold.
THE DA has accused the ANC of “double standards” in terms of its views on rape because its coalition with the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (Icosa) in the Eden District includes dealings with convicted rapist and Kannaland mayor Jeffrey Donson.
Donson was convicted in 2008 on one count of indecent assault and seven of statutory rape, following an affair with a 15-year-old girl in 2004.
The Western Cape High Court reduced his five-year jail term to a suspended period of imprisonment, correctional supervision, a R20 000 fine and a rehabilitation programme for sex offenders.
Another Icosa councillor in Kannaland, Werner Meshoa, is currently also facing statutory rape charges. Meshoa, who is a teacher, is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in Ladismith, Kannaland last year, and is out on R3000 bail.
Although Icosa decided to align itself with the ANC in May 2011 after negotiating with the DA previously, the rape and murder of Anene Booysen and the ANC’s strong admonishment of rape in the country has brought the issue of Donson’s conviction to the fore.
Theuns Botha, deputy leader of the DA in the Western Cape, told the Cape Times: “The president of Icosa and mayor of Kannaland, Jeffrey Donson was found guilty of statutory rape in February 2008. Last month Icosa-councillor Werner Meshoa also appeared in court on a charge of statutory rape. He was released on bail on August 6 last year after having been arrested earlier and the case is now postponed until June 19.
“How can the ANC justify being in coalition with a party that has a convicted rapist as its president and another councillor being charged with rape?”
Alluding to ANC national spokesman Jackson Mthembu’s recent statement that the “ANC sees gender based violence and rape as a very high priority”, Botha said so long as the ANC “stays mum” on the fact that they were in a coalition with an organisation headed by a convicted rapist, their expressions of outrage and condemnation “seems like nothing more than political grandstanding”.
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Botha claims this “grandstanding” had been practised by ANC provincial chairman Marius Fransman when he used Anene Booysen’s memorial service to launch an attack on DA MECs. It’s double standards.
But both the ANC and Donson hit back yesterday, with the Kannaland mayor saying the DA were “no angels themselves”.
I’d like to know what the relevance of this cliché is. Whether the DA has members celestial or not is completely and utterly irrelevant to the absolute fact that Donson should not be a councillor.
Donson returned to the position of mayor in May 2011 after having been forced to step down by Fransman, then Local Government MEC, in 2004 when allegations surfaced that he had used mayoral funds to buy equipment for his mobile disco. He joined Icosa in 2009, and later became its president.
“The DA believes they are a party of angels but they are not,” Donson said. “I don’t care what they say, I am not a rapist. They are liars.”
The Court begs to differ from you Donson: You are a convicted child rapist. You may to too obtuse to know it, but you are a convicted child rapist.
“The DA was quite happy to hold talks about entering into a coalition with Icosa and me after May 2011 but we [Icosa] decided to go with the ANC. The fact is that the DA is always putting labels around coloured people’s necks like this.”
Donson is quite right! The DA did attempt to allign with Icosa in Jne 2011, and tried again earlier this year. Theuns Botha’s indignation is rather diaphanous, to be sure. Botha is only protesting the ANC’s “double standards” because he is fully aware of O!O’s current campaign against Donson.
ANC Southern Cape regional leader Putco Mapitiza also slammed the DA.
“[This criticism of the ANC] is indeed unjust because you expect us to interfere with judicial systems governing the country that determine the sentencing of individuals in court of law, and afterwards judge people accordingly,” Mapitiza said.
“We’re aware of and we respect the rule of law. The sentencing [of Donson] was community service and being elected as a public representative is part of that.”
Precious, Putco! Precious! But don’t give up your day job, a spinner you ain’t!
He said the coalition with Icosa sought to ensure a vibrant municipality was built, stability was brought to the administration and the integrity of local governance was restored.
Ye gods and faeries!
Fransman did not respond to a message requesting comment.
The Cape Times does not report Jesse Duarte’s tantrum when approached for comment.
It was a veritable projection of toys from the bassinet!
She even accused the journalist of conspiring with O!O to have the ANC look bad.
She even suggested a conspiracy against her!
No conspiracy is neede to have the ANC look bad.
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