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George mayor allegedly assaults wife, police investigating

It’s alleged Charles Standers is under investigation for allegedly assaulting his wife on Monday.

FILE: Police would not be drawn on any further details or the extent of the complainant’s wounds. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has called for the immediate suspension of the mayor of the George Municipality Mayor, Charles Standers.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed Standers will face a disciplinary hearing over allegations he assaulted his wife on Monday.

Police confirmed a charge of domestic violence has been opened in connection with the alleged assault, but there has been no arrest.

They would not be drawn on any further details or the extent of the complainant's wounds.

Officials would only say a woman yesterday laid a charge of domestic violence and that the matter is being looked into.

Western Cape ANC spokesperson Jabu Mfusi says party officials are in George to support the alleged victim.

"It raises eyebrows that a person form a high office can stoop that low and beat a woman. It means something is wrong with you and it has nothing to do with elections."

The DA's Jaco Londt says the party has given Standers 24 hours to explain why he should not be suspended.

The case will be referred to the senior prosecutor for a decision on whether or not to charge Standers.

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