The EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been cleared of rape allegations by the police.
According to Daily Sun, a 23-year-old woman alleged she was raped by Ndlozi in a Sandton penthouse. She allegedly named Ndlozi as the rape suspect in her police statement.
However, Ndlozi denied he was at the Sandton penthouse and knowing the victim.
He said the case was a “terrible instance of mistaken identity” and he would co-operate with authorities to clear his name.
Gauteng police spokesperson Brig Mathapelo Peters said a rape case was opened but Ndlozi “is not a suspect in this case”.
“While police are not at liberty to disclose or confirm identities of victims/complainants and suspects, we can confirm Dr Ndlozi is not a suspect in this case,” said Peters.
‘The enemy is out to get us’: EFF defends Ndlozi over ‘false’ rape claim
Police confirmed that EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was not a suspect in a rape case opened at the weekend, as had been reported.
She said the reporter who wrote the Daily Sun article did not seek police comment on the matter, despite being advised to do so.
Peters said the victim’s statement, a legal and confidential document, could only have been obtained through unlawful and unethical means.
The EFF welcomed the police statement and said the allegations were aimed at ruining Ndlozi’s reputation.
– EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo
“The leadership of the EFF is aware of the coordinated attempts to criminalise leaders of the party through false allegations of crime, including rape allegations.
“There are embedded elements in the state working with the establishment and hellbent on linking EFF leadership to crimes because they think this will prevent the unavoidable meteoric rise of the EFF to political power in SA. We call on all leaders of the EFF to be on the alert because the enemy is out to get us,” said EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo.
Pambo expressed concern about political battles being fought through rape and gender-based violence (GBV) allegations, saying the party will fight to counter unlawful and below-the-belt methods in political battles.
“The crisis of GBV and rape is a huge problem in SA and must never be used to fight political battles. Society as a whole should reject the nonsensical misuse of the struggle against GBV and rape for political battles. It is unacceptable and must stop,” he said.
Daily Sun editor Mapula Nkosi said that the reporter did contact police, and was informed that the request for comment was sent to Peters, who the paper says didn’t respond to the questions by the time of publication.