ActionSA’s Provincial Secretary in Gauteng and Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Human Settlements in the City of Tshwane, Abel Tau has been placed on leave following attempted rape allegations.
The matter has been reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS), reportedly.
ACTIONSA’S ABEL TAU PLACED ON LEAVE
According to an article published over the weekend the MMC is accused of having tried to sleep with his friend’s wife.
It is alleged that Tau’s childhood and family friend dozed off after a heavy drinking session. Tau then reportedly called his friend’s wife to come and fetch her husband, as he was too drunk to drive.
The publication further said that when the wife arrived, she reportedly found her husband heavily drunk and that is when the former Acting Mayor in the City of Tshwane made sexual advances on the wife, which she rejected. He allegedly then tried to force himself on her, but she successfully fended him off.
City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Randall Williams said they were not aware of the allegations until they were published.
Williams said in line with the City’s due process, the Office of the Speaker will initiate an investigation into the matter and on the request of local ActionSA leadership the Chief Whip of the Council will place Tau on leave.
ActionSA structures have also instituted their own internal processes to deal with the matter, reportedly.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Tshwane welcomed the decision and urged law enforcement agencies to engage in the investigations objectively without fear or favour.
“The victimisation of women on sexual grounds in such a Gender-based violence saturated environment cannot be tolerated,” the party said.