Beyond the elective conference the new leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) must ensure accountability for political killings and assassinations nationwide‚ says Amnesty International South Africa (AISA).

“Over the past three years‚ politically motivated killings have reached appalling levels in different parts of the country‚ with KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) predominantly accounting for most murders and assassinations‚” said Shenilla Mohamed‚ executive director of AISA.

“The incoming leadership of the ANC must use their power to ensure prompt‚ thorough‚ transparent and impartial investigations into these preventable assassinations‚ and that suspected perpetrators are brought to justice in fair trials. The leadership must also address the root causes of the violence and ensure the right to an effective remedy and reparation for victims and their families‚ as well as guarantees of non-repetition.”

After initially not naming anyone specific, Ugenti-Rita identified  Shooter among those she says harassed her after she came into office in 2011, claiming he made unwanted advances and comments about her body. Several other women, including other lawmakers and lobbyists, have accused Shooter of making inappropriate or sexually suggestive comments, giving them unwanted hugs, placing his hand on their knee and touching their buttocks. Shooter’s other high-profile accuser, the Republic’s editor and publisher Mi-Ai Parrish, came forward with her experience in an op-ed , accusing him of making sexual comments to her while she was covering the legislature.

After the allegations were reported by The Arizona Capitol Times and The Arizona Republic, Shooter was suspended as chairman of the powerful Arizona House Appropriations Committee and his colleagues asked him to resign. Shooter denied the allegations, specifically the one leveled by Ugenti-Rita. He even tried to counter Ugenti-Rita’s allegation with one of his own, accusing her of having an inappropriate relationship with a staff member and joking about masturbation during a meeting.

Ugenti-Rita claimed this wasn’t the first time she faced retaliation, as senators have previously been unwilling to work with her in the past after she reported harassment.  Another state legislator, House Majority Whip Kelly Townsend, also claimed she had been sexually harassed by colleagues at the capitol but refused to name specific perpetrators, explaining in a Facebook post that the issue had been privately resolved and she didn’t want to bring another investigation to the legislature.

Beyond the elective conference the new leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) must ensure accountability for political killings and assassinations nationwide‚ says Amnesty International South Africa (AISA).

“Over the past three years‚ politically motivated killings have reached appalling levels in different parts of the country‚ with KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) predominantly accounting for most murders and assassinations‚” said Shenilla Mohamed‚ executive director of AISA.

“The incoming leadership of the ANC must use their power to ensure prompt‚ thorough‚ transparent and impartial investigations into these preventable assassinations‚ and that suspected perpetrators are brought to justice in fair trials. The leadership must also address the root causes of the violence and ensure the right to an effective remedy and reparation for victims and their families‚ as well as guarantees of non-repetition.”


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