By Aphiwe BoyceThe African National Congress (ANC) urged law enforcement agencies to act without fear or favour to investigate these allegations against the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Comrade Mduduzi Manana who is accused of assaulting a woman following an altercation at a Johannesburg night club over the weekend.ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the police must bring the perpetrator to book. . “It is with great disappointment that the ANC has noted the accusations of violence against women leveled against the Manana. Such behavior 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 and inimical to the call the ANC has consistently made that we seek a South Africa where a young woman in the middle of the night, can walk alone without the fear of assault, attack or rape, going back home from wherever she comes from.”Kodwa said to achieve that vision it requires 365 days of action against violence against women and amongst others, societal leaders that lead by example. “As a nation we must unambiguously affirm the rights of women to safety, freedom, justice and equality and send a clear message that as a country, we are united and resolute in our commitment to mercilessly fight this heinous pandemic against our women.”Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga has confirmed that a case has been opened against Manana for an alleged assault. “The case was opened, and now the law needs to take its course.” The alleged incident occurred at the Cubana in Fourways, in early hours of Sunday morning, according to alleged eyewitness accounts on social media.