CGE questions how a child rapist elected as mayor of Kannaland Municipality

In 2008, he was convicted of statutory rape and the indecent assault of a 15-year-old. The rape occurred in 2004 while he was mayor.

Jeffrey Donson. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said on Tuesday that it wanted to determine how a convicted child rapist was able to stand for election despite his conviction.

Icosa's Jeffrey Donson has been re-elected as the mayor of the Kannaland municipality.

In 2008, he was convicted of statutory rape and the indecent assault of a 15-year-old.

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The rape occurred in 2004 while he was mayor.

"What we wanted to get, hence we are doing this thorough investigation, is why was a minimum sentence not prescribed when he was sentenced? Why was his conviction reduced? Why was he not in the sex offenders register?" the commission's Javu Baloyi asked.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape said that it was reviewing its coalition partnership with Icosa that resulted in Donson's appointment.