ActionSA must not shield Newcastle Councillor from serious GBV allegations

Issued by Cllr Remona McKenzie – DA Women's Network KZN Provincial Chairperson
30 Nov 2023 in Press Statements

The DA Women’s Network (DAWN) in KZN is calling for a swift and thorough probe followed by stern justice in the face of serious allegations of Gender-based violence against an Action SA Councillor.

It is reported that, in an incident that took place on the 26th of August 2023 in Newcastle, the victim and her sister had attended an ActionSA event, as invited by the accused Councillor. It is said once the event was over the group went to a local social spot where they were joined by another party official. Later that night, the victim is reported to have wanted to go home but was prevented by the accused Councillor.

In a detailed letter that was written to ActionSA’s leadership that’s reportedly making the rounds on social media the victim details how the Councillor forcefully prevented her from disembarking his vehicle by hiding her phone – prompting the now distressed victim to scream and shout. Police are said to have responded but delivered no real intervention, possibly marking a crucial development of failing the victim.

It is shocking that ActionSA has seemly attempted to shield the Councillor and even cover up this potential abuse, and it seems that they have still not been suspended. This calls into question the view that the leadership of ActionSA in KZN and South Africa takes towards GBV.

The DAWN will not allow this matter to be swept under the carpet by ActionSA. Therefore, we will write to the Speaker of the Newcastle Municipality demanding an immediate investigation into the Councillor’s conduct, as well as following up to see if criminal charges have been laid. If not, we will immediately do so and ensure justice prevails.

During this 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence DAWN says enough, and call for nothing less than a thorough investigation and the IMMEDIATE membership termination should the alleged Councillor be found guilty.