DEVELOPING: Zuma 'disturbed' by assault allegations against Manana

2017-08-07 12:30

Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana has apologised 'unreservedly' for an incident of alleged assault against a woman, while President Jacob Zuma has spoken out, saying he is 'disturbed' by the incident.

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07 Aug 15:08

STATEMENT: President Zuma disturbed by allegations of assault by Deputy Minister Manana 

President Jacob Zuma has learned with great concern and is disturbed by the allegations of assault on a woman patron at a nightclub in Johannesburg reportedly by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana.

The Police Minister, Mr Fikile Mbalula has indicated that a case has been opened with the South African Police Service. President Zuma has confidence that the law enforcement agencies will deal with the matter effectively in line with the laws of the land.

"The South African Government has made violence against women a priority crime. Women have a right to safety and security and must not be attacked or abused by anyone, anywhere in the country, regardless of the position of the either the perpetrator or victim. South Africa must be safe for all women," said President Zuma.

The President has urged all with information on the matter to cooperate with the authorities. 


07 Aug 14:57

'I know my actions disappointed and hurt South Africans' - deputy minister on assault 

Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana has apologised for his involvement in the assault of a woman outside Cubana restaurant, Fourways in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

Manana, who has been implicated in the attack alongside others, said that regardless of what he termed as the "extreme provocation", he should have exercised restraint.

"That shameful incident should not have happened," he said in a statement.

"I know that my actions and those of the people in my company have disappointed and hurt many people in the country. As a leader, I should have known better and acted better." 

Manana said he would subject himself to the process of the law and give his full co-operation.

"I also commit myself to, when the time is right, further engage with [the victim] Ms [Mandisa] Duma and her family to apologise, take responsibility and address the harm that has occurred.  


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Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana has apologised for his involvement in the assault of a woman outside Cubana restaurant, Fourways in the early hours of Sunday morning.


07 Aug 13:34

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07 Aug 13:34

STATEMENT: LHR rejects normalisation of violence against women

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is shocked to learn that Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana allegedly assaulted two women in a Johannesburg nightclub on Sunday 6 August.

Reports indicate that Minister Manana followed the two women outside of the nightclub, after a heated political debate in which they disagreed. He has apparently admitted to the incident, and a voice recording seems to confirm that he indeed slapped one of the women. Photographs of the resulting injuries sustained by one of the women have since been circulating on social media.

Today marks only the seventh day of national Women’s Month, and yet this is already the second news report of an assault on a woman in public.

On Wednesday 2 August, six white men attacked and assaulted a black couple outside the KFC in Montana, Pretoria North. In video footage of the incident, the woman can be heard screaming and incredulously asking the attackers if they are going to hit her, a woman, as the attackers continued to hurl slurs at her.

“These events beggar belief. If anyone is in doubt about why we still need Women’s Month in 2017, this is it,” said Sanja Bornman, of the LHR Gender Equality Programme.

She continued, “For a Deputy Minister to physically assault a woman under any circumstances is nothing short of vile. His actions show us just how normalised violence against women has become in South African society, and just how little we have come to expect from our leaders in their standard of conduct.

“We as LHR categorically condemn Minister Manana’s actions. We reject the normalisation of violence, and we expect the highest standards of moral and ethical probity and example from every one of our leaders. For this reason, we are calling for Minister Manana to immediately resign from his leadership position, as a man of this aggressive character is clearly unfit to lead.”

Jacob van Garderen, Director of LHR, said, “The events in the last few days clearly demonstrate the intersectional vulnerability of women – with black women in particular at risk not only of the everyday violence from men, but also of racially-motivated hate crime.

“As chair of the civil society Hate Crimes Working Group, LHR hopes that legislation to deal decisively with crime motivated by racism and other prejudices will be finalised and introduced in Parliament within the year.” 


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07 Aug 13:15

STATEMENT: ANCYL on the accusation of Gender Based Violence in connection to Mdu Manana 

The ANCYL has learnt of an incident involving the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana, which is bizarre to say the least. The ANCYL is concerned about the accusation which involve cde Mduduzi Manana because it does not put the ANC in good light.

We say this with a serious consideration that there are many other incidences which involves ANC leaders that has made it to the public domain.

We as the ANCYL are concerned about this matter, we believe it seeks to perpetrate what the organisation stands firmly against, Gender Based Violence. We in the movement should not only try to lead society by proclaiming it, but by acting in accordance with the hopes of all South Africans; a hope to achieve a better life and security for the vulnerable, particularly women and children.

We condemn these incidences of violence against women, regardless of who is involved. The ANCYL is calling upon law enforcement agencies to act on this matter without fear and favour in order to establish what transpired.

We further call on them to act upon concluding the investigations. We call on the ANC to act upon all cases of this nature which involve leaders, deployees and members of the ANC. 


07 Aug 13:00

STATEMENT: Apology issued by Mduduzi Manana continues…

I also commit myself to, when the time is right, further engage with Ms Duma and her family to apologise, take responsibility and address the harm that has occurred.

I will also meet with my organisation, the ANC, and President Zuma to give a full account of the incident. 


07 Aug 12:48

Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana apologises 'unreservedly' 

I wish to apologise unreservedly to Ms Mandisa Duma, her family, the government of South Africa and all South Africans, and women in particular, for the incident that happened at Cubana restaurant in Fourways over the weekend.

Regardless of the extreme provocation, I should have exercised restraint. That shameful incident should not have happened. I know that my actions and those of the people in my company have disappointed and hurt many people in the country. As a leader, I should have known better and acted better. I will subject myself fully to the process of the law and give it my full co-operation. 


07 Aug 12:38

Save SA STATEMENT: Manana must go – there is no place in leadership for men who assault women 

The Save South Africa campaign demands the immediate resignation of Deputy Education Minister Mduduzi Manana – and if he refuses to resign, he should be fired.

Manana has already admitted on social media that he was involved in an assault on two women over the weekend.

His acknowledgement that "I’m not denying allegations levelled against me, neither proud" is already sufficient grounds for him to step down, as there is no place in leadership – or anywhere in society – for men who assault women.

Manana should be ashamed of himself, and if he refuses to step down – or tries to use the fact that there is a pending assault case against him as reason to hold on to his government position – then he must be kicked out.

Government websites and social media accounts are replete with statements condemning violence against women. Now government must walk the talk, and act against one of its own. 


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07 Aug 11:50

STATEMENT: Minister Shabangu condemns the alleged violent actions of Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana 

Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Ms Susan Shabangu, MP, as the Minister entrusted by the State to advance the social, economic, and psychological conditions of women, has received with great shock and disappointment the news of the alleged assault against Mandisa Duma perpetrated by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana.

The Minister has also listened to a sound clip that purports to be an admission, by the Deputy Minister, to slapping the young woman. In the clip, Manana is heard telling Duma’s brother that he slapped her for identifying him as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersexed (LGBTI) community.

We are also aware that an assault case has been opened, and that SABC journalist, Lumko Jimlongo, has made a statement to the effect of witnessing the incident. We are proud of Lumko and condemn those who stood by and watched. All those who remain silent in the face of violence are accomplices to that violence.

Our role, as leaders – young and old, men and women – is to lead by example. The country has entrusted us to represent it at its highest legislative platforms. This is a task we cannot eschew.

It is most regrettable that this alleged act of violence is perpetrated only a week into Women’s Month, which we have themed Women United in Moving South Africa Forward. It has also happened at a time when the country is tirelessly working to address the high rates of femicide and other brutal acts of violence on women.

As we continue to build a non-sexist society, we urge all women to be fearless to report crimes which infringe upon their opportunities to enjoy the liberties bestowed on them by our hard-earned Constitution – amongst them the right and freedom to dignity and to not be treated unfairly on the basis of being women.

This year, we are also celebrating the year of OR Tambo – who sacrificed his life fighting against racism, classism, and gender discrimination.

OR Tambo was conscious of the urgency for bringing an end to gender inequalities in all areas of our societies. He called on women to take up their rightful positions as leaders in our society.

He also called on women to be brave enough to hold men accountable for gender crimes of all natures. He said that women have a duty to liberate society from outdated concepts and attitudes about the place and role of women in society, and in the development and direction of our revolutionary struggle.

The rationale for this logic, according to OR Tambo, was that the oppressor has a lesser duty to liberate the oppressed than the oppressed themselves.

"I urge that the assault case against the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training be attended to with urgency," said Minister Shabangu. 



07 Aug 11:37

LISTEN: Deputy Minister Manana speaks to alleged victim's brother 

(LANGUAGE WARNING: EXPLICIT) 


07 Aug 11:35

Mdu Manana in hot water over assault, but says he was not responsible 

Deputy minister of higher education and training Mdu Manana has reportedly admitted that one of the men he was with at a club over the weekend slapped a woman at their party, at a club in Fourways in Johannesburg.

TimesLive obtained a recording where Manana can be heard saying, "There was a confrontation and a fight but the people who hit them were the guys I was travelling. When they got to the parking area they (the men) hit them." 




07 Aug 11:27

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07 Aug 11:27

Assault allegations against deputy minister must be taken seriously - Mbalula 

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says an alleged assault by Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana must be taken very seriously.

Mbalula's office on Monday confirmed that a case had been opened, after an alleged assault took place against a woman at 04:00 on Sunday morning at a Cubana in Fourways, Johannesburg. 

"Minister Mbalula takes these allegations very serious," ministry spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said in a statement of the "disturbing allegations".

"Protection of women and vulnerable groups are a number one priority of the Police Ministry. Minister Mbalula maintains that victims of abuse and gender based violence who go to the SAPS stations with cases of assault must be treated as genuine victims."

Mbalula expected the victim to be treated with respect and dignity, and that police would proactively give feedback to the victim, he said.

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


07 Aug 11:26

Case opened against deputy minister over alleged assault - Mbalula 

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. 

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