The City of Tshwane says it will not be taking any action against Ward 63 councillor Conference Ntuliwho who was accused of having an affair with a 15-year-old, as the girl in question is actually 18-years old.
Last week, media reports alleged that the girl was only 15. It was further reported that the affair had started when the Grade 10 learner was 13 years old. Images of the girl and the councillor were circulated after being posted on Facebook. The relationship was also confirmed by the councillor.
“There is no disciplinary action instituted against the Councillor Conference Ntuli. This is mainly because the facts at our disposal are of a relationship between two people of consenting age. It would be difficult to look into the nature of the relationship before the young woman became of the age of 18 as it will require us to look into the form of the relationship (courtship/sexual etc) and intimacy at that time,” said Executive Head of Public Affairs, Media Relations and Mayoral Spokesperson Blessing Manale.
Last week Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said he was disturbed by the revelation.
“The executive Mayor is indeed very disturbed by the development and regrets the exposure such will put on the young woman of 18 years. The City remains committed to its principle and values of moral high standing amongst its employees and public representatives, and the Executive Mayor sends his unwavering support to the family and associates of the minor and has committed to ensure that in his capacity as chairperson of the ruling party, the conduct of the Councillor is addressed through internal ANC party structure,” said a statement from Manale.
And despite expressing this view last week and saying that councillors were expected to live to the highest moral and acceptable community values, the council now says they can take no action against the councillor as no criminal case or complaint has been laid against him.
“Whilst we believe that the matter being in the public doman creates some form of values and or moral disrepute for the City of Tshwane, we also believe that disciplinary processes will constitute a witch hunt, particularly in the absence of a complaint or criminal charges against Councillor Ntuli,” said Manale.
Additional source: Citizen