Case opened against deputy minister over alleged assault - Mbalula

2017-08-07 08:18
Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana (File, News24)

Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana (File, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed that a case has been opened against deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana for an alleged assault against a woman at the weekend.

Mbalula said the alleged incident took place at 04:00 on Sunday morning at the Cubana in Fourways, Johannesburg. 

He said he viewed the allegations seriously because protection of women and vulnerable groups were a priority for his ministry. 

"Women deserve love and protection from all of us. The police must be given space to investigate this case without fear or favor, no one is above the law irrespective of their position in society," Mbalula said in a statement. 

He said he wanted the victim to be treated with respect and dignity.

A social media post shows images of the injuries Mandisa Duma suffered after the alleged assault. See below.

The deputy minister's office could not be reached for comment on Sunday night and early on Monday morning.

The manager of the Cubana branch declined to comment to News24.

A social media post by SABC reporter Lumko Jimlongo said the incident occurred when the woman allegedly called Manana gay. Another post on social media said the incident allegedly occurred during a debate in Cubana over African National Congress leadership. 

An alleged voice recording of a call purportedly with Manana also surfaced on social media. 

The ANC Women's League said in a statement on Monday morning that it noted the "disturbing reports alleging that the deputy minister... and his friends physically assaulted women at a pub in the past weekend".

"The ANCWL condemns violence against women and perpetrators must face the might of the law. Whilst we take into account the principles of innocent until proven guilty, the ANCWL is resolute in supporting the victims of violence and wishes to reiterate this position.

"Based on media reports, we are led to believe that a case has been reported to the police and we urge all witnesses to come forward to assist law enforcement agencies in resolving the matter."

The ANC said in a statement that it had noted the accusations against Manana with disappointment.

"Such behaviour is unacceptable and should be roundly condemned by all in our society. Regardless of the circumstances or the identity of the perpetrator or victim, violence against women is the shame of our times."

The ANC called on law enforcement agencies  to act without fear or favour to investigate the allegations and bring the perpetrators to book. 


Read more on:    anc  |  mduduzi manana  |  fikile mbalula  |  johannesburg  |  crime  |  gender rights  |  social networks

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/World
 

For the love of Corgis!

WATCH: 35 Corgi's to make your day! If they’re good enough for the Queen of England they’re good enough for us.

 
 

Paws

Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.