EFF provincial leader allegedly assaulted female relatives

File: SANCO condemned an incident during which a provincial EFF leader allegedly assaulted his female relatives. Photo: Flickr.com/GovernmentZA

JOHANNESBURG – The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Thursday called for the arrest of a Limpopo Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) member, who allegedly beat up his female relatives.

The ANC alliance partner claimed the assault was over an inheritance dispute involving the man's grandparents’ house in Seshego, Polokwane.

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SANCO demanded the man's immediate suspension from the provincial legislature.

“An unequivocal message has to be sent that there is no place in our public institutions and in society for perpetrators of gender-based violence. This incident involving its senior leader offers the EFF an opportunity to demonstrate that it is not paying lip service to upholding women’s rights,” said SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu.

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He said that violence against women has taken on new and more vicious forms because traditional patriarchal structures, which have for centuries denied women ownership of property, have “cross-bred” with the structures of capitalist patriarchy.

“We need to unite against the violence of unjust, unsustainable economic systems and the increasing frequency and brutality of violence against women because structures of traditional patriarchy have merged with the emerging structures of capitalist patriarchy to intensify violence against women,” Mahlangu said.

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South Africa is currently commemorating Women's Month. 

The EFF member could not be immediately reached for comment.

It was not clear if the relatives had reported the matter to the police. 

African News Agency

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