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On Monday the African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga announced that one of its Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) members was suspended following his arrest on allegations that he raped his two daughters.

ANC Acting Provincial Secretary, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, released the statement saying the PEC member will remain suspended until the case is concluded. Furthermore, the party says that it stands with the victims and that it will do all it can to ensure justice is served.

The victims, aged 8, have allegedly been raped repeatedly by the accused. The matter was reported to the police after one of the daughters reported what was happening to their teacher.

According to reports, the 48-year-old appeared in court on Monday, 28 September alongside his 26-year-old step-son. Both of the accused will remain in police custody until their formal bail application on Thursday, 1 October.