A municipality in South Africa has shocked the nation by electing a convicted child rapist as its mayor and a convicted fraudster as its deputy mayor.
Jeffrey Donson was found guilty of statutory rape and indecent assault and jailed while mayor of the Western Cape’s Kannaland Municipality in 2008 but has been re-elected back into office.
Werner Meshoa was elected as deputy mayor despite being convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice during a spell as speaker.
The election of both to high office has caused a storm of outrage across South Africa from gender-based violence groups to charities working with child rape victims.
Mayor Donson was handed just five years behind bars for rape but appealed to the Western Cape High Court where his conviction was not overturned but his sentence reduced.