The political chaos in Kannaland, Western Cape, has created a power vacuum in the municipality, which has been filled by none other than convicted child rapist, Jeffrey Donson. As a result, the ANC has lost control of the region’s mayorship.
In 2008, Jeffrey Donson was convicted of statutory rape and indecent assault on a 15-year-old girl while serving as Kannaland’s mayor. Donson was sentenced to five years in prison at first, but his case was appealed to the Western Cape High Court.
His conviction was upheld, but his sentence was reduced to a fully suspended term of imprisonment, correctional supervision, an R20,000 fine, and a sex offender rehabilitation program.
He was later re-elected to the council. Donson was elected Mayor of Kannaland in the 2021 Local Elections. However, his shady past soon resurfaced, and he was fired shortly thereafter. Somewhat unexpectedly, the ICOSA leader is now back in charge of the municipality.
Jeffrey Donson was forced out of office at the end of last year by the ANC’s decision to withdraw from a coalition with ICOSA. His re-election, however, is no longer dependent on the organisation. Getting rid of Mr. Donson may be more difficult this time.
Ian Cameron is the Director of Community Safety at Action Society. He has been left ‘speechless’ by the political developments and struggled to understand how Donson has returned to the top of the tree in Kannaland. Cameron has questioned what kind of example this will set.
“What example is this? A convicted rapist as mayor and a convicted fraudster with him. He was ousted for being a convicted child rapist and then reappointed 10 months later. Speechless,” Jeffrey Donson said.