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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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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.
'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.
Minister Shabangu says the only person who can suspend Mduduzi Manana is President Zuma.— Nzinga Qunta (@NzingaQ) August 7, 2017
Minister Shabangu says the only person who can suspend Mduduzi Manana is President Zuma.
Susan Shabangu: " We would like the President to respond on the matter. He is the one who appointed #MduduziManana— Bulelani Phillip (@BulelaniPhillip) August 7, 2017
Susan Shabangu: " We would like the President to respond on the matter. He is the one who appointed #MduduziManana
Deputy Minister #MduduziManana: I will also meet with my organisation, the ANC, and President Zuma to give a full account of the incident.— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) August 7, 2017
Deputy Minister #MduduziManana: I will also meet with my organisation, the ANC, and President Zuma to give a full account of the incident.
Deputy Minister #MduduziManana: I commit myself to, when the time is right, further engage with Ms Duma and her family to apologise— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) August 7, 2017
Deputy Minister #MduduziManana: I commit myself to, when the time is right, further engage with Ms Duma and her family to apologise
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
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.”
If our criminal justice system is NOT broken, Mduduzi Manana should be behind bars tonight. @SAPoliceService @MbalulaFikile— Adriaan Basson (@AdriaanBasson) August 7, 2017
If our criminal justice system is NOT broken, Mduduzi Manana should be behind bars tonight. @SAPoliceService @MbalulaFikile
Deputy Minister #MduduziManana: I will subject myself fully to the process of the law and give it my full cooperation.— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) August 7, 2017
Deputy Minister #MduduziManana: I will subject myself fully to the process of the law and give it my full cooperation.
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
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
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.
STATEMENT: Apology issued by Mduduzi Manana
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.
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.
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
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.
We call on all men to respect women & stop all forms of abuse. Women of our country dont feel safe anywhere including in their homes— #EFFTurns4 (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 7, 2017
We call on all men to respect women & stop all forms of abuse. Women of our country dont feel safe anywhere including in their homes
EFF Calls on Deputy Minister Mdu Manana to hand himself to the Police. https://t.co/3a2JIYqz2F— #EFFTurns4 (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 7, 2017
EFF Calls on Deputy Minister Mdu Manana to hand himself to the Police. https://t.co/3a2JIYqz2F
The law must take its course. We are clear when it comes to gender-based violence. The victim must get out protection. Good morning— RSA Police Minister (@MbalulaFikile) August 7, 2017
The law must take its course. We are clear when it comes to gender-based violence. The victim must get out protection. Good morning
THE ANCWL STATEMENT ON THE ALLEGED PHYSICAL ASSAULT OF WOMEN BY #MDUDUZIMANANA AND HIS FRIENDS pic.twitter.com/Wbdnt1umMM— ANC Bokone Bophirima (@MyANC_Bophirima) August 7, 2017
THE ANCWL STATEMENT ON THE ALLEGED PHYSICAL ASSAULT OF WOMEN BY #MDUDUZIMANANA AND HIS FRIENDS pic.twitter.com/Wbdnt1umMM
We are aware that an assault case has been opened & that SABC journalist, Lumko Jimlongo has made a statement of witnessing the incident— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) August 7, 2017
We are aware that an assault case has been opened & that SABC journalist, Lumko Jimlongo has made a statement of witnessing the incident
This is not new behavior by #MduduziManana a year ago he assualted and threatened one of my female MP's in Parliament. Case opened no action— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) August 7, 2017
This is not new behavior by #MduduziManana a year ago he assualted and threatened one of my female MP's in Parliament. Case opened no action
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.
LISTEN: Deputy Minister Manana speaks to alleged victim's brother
(LANGUAGE WARNING: EXPLICIT)
#CountryDuty#MduduziManana@MbalulaFikile here's a confession. Arrest him already! Here's pic.twitter.com/sxXnFRdQxw— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) August 6, 2017
#CountryDuty#MduduziManana@MbalulaFikile here's a confession. Arrest him already! Here's pic.twitter.com/sxXnFRdQxw
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."
Dep Min of Edu assulted my sister last night. This is not the kind of behavior we expect from "so-called leaders" It's disgusting!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/FLe7fykfMA— IG : luyandaduma (@Luwanda_Duma) August 6, 2017
Dep Min of Edu assulted my sister last night. This is not the kind of behavior we expect from "so-called leaders" It's disgusting!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/FLe7fykfMA
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.
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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