The African National Congress’ (ANC) head of presidency and acting spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa has released a statement denying rape allegations.
A woman has come forward accusing Kodwa of having sexually assaulted her after allegedly drugging her at a private party in April last year.
In the statement, Kodwa refers to these allegations as “extortion and blackmail” against him. He says these accusations are a “dirty tricks campaign”.
In the same statement, Kodwa says he is in the process of seeking legal advice in relation to a possible case of extortion or defamation.
ANC Acting spokesperson, Dakota Legoete says there is not much they can say about the allegations, as this is a case that should be opened with the police.
Read Kodwa’s statement:
Meanwhile, the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) has called on the ANC Acting Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, to step aside following rape allegations levelled against him.
Earlier, the ANC confirmed a receipt of a letter from the woman in which she alleges that Kodwa raped her at a private party last year.
ANC Women’s League General Secretary, Meokgo Matuba, says they will support the victim and want to see her to find out what happened.
She says they don’t want Kodwa to speak on behalf of the ANC until the matter has been finalised.
Read related tweets below:
The ANC Women’s League says if there’s a rape case against the party’s acting spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, the party should consider suspending him, pending the outcome of the matter. #ZiziKodwa
— Man’s Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) February 24, 2019
A quote from the victim’s letter “Talks went on, settlements were discussed but no promise was met for over 5 months”
Rape shouldn’t be used as a bargaining chip to settle monetary gains. It’s a crime and it should be reported to the police immediately. #ZiziKodwa https://t.co/DSyAx3HeMj
— Tumelo Mapaa (@DjNewSouthAfric) February 23, 2019
Here are the letters. ANC confirms #ZiziKodwa rape allegation. The comments are disgusting. A case in point as too why this woman and others did not come forward initially.
— Bontle (@bontleblogs) February 23, 2019
#ZiziKodwa is accused of rape. Comrades on these Twitter streets are asking “why now?”, saying “old files”, “something doesn’t add up,” and “it’s because 8 May is coming.”
This is why they call us trash. This is why.
— Sibusiso Biyela 祚 看 (@AstroSibs) February 23, 2019