The North West’s Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality mayor Mpho Pilane – accompanied by his lawyer – handed himself in to authorities on Monday after allegations of abduction and rape against two minors was brought to light. He was then released on R1 000 bail.
The alleged incident, as reported by IOL, took place on 8 December.
Pilane (36) appeared before the Delareyville Magistrate’s Court for alleged abduction, rape and sexual assault; the same day he was released on bail.
“If you don’t have money the justice system will not be on your side,” said an upset ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) member after stating that the case clearly showed that the South African justice system favoured those with huge bank accounts.
She also told the publication that they would not be quiet about the matter. “The League is even more furious that the so-called leaders who commit such horrific criminal activities are supposed to be at the forefront of ensuring that every legislation piece to fight the gender based violence scourge is implemented without fail.”
North West police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwaabone said the two minors (15 and 16) informed the police that they accompanied the accused to a guesthouse in Delareyville. Pilane then allegedly gave them alcohol.
According to the publication, Mokgwaabone said that one girl was raped, while the other was sexually assaulted.
“They went home the following day and told their parents. Police were then informed.”
The girls were taken to a doctor for further examination.
The publication also states that last month, a senior ANC official active in the Mpumalanga province (who is also a former MEC) along with his stepson have been accused of raping the official’s his two children.
The official was released on R20 000 bail.