VIP police still protecting Mduduzi Manana

Mduduzi Manana arrives at Parliament in Cape Town. (File, Leon Sadiki, Gallo Images, City Press)
Mduduzi Manana arrives at Parliament in Cape Town. (File, Leon Sadiki, Gallo Images, City Press)

Cape Town - Deputy High Education Minister Mduduzi Manana is still receiving VIP police protection, despite being charged with two counts of assault, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Thursday.

"If he is still a deputy minister, we will protect him," Mbalula told reporters at Parliament.

"We protect everybody who is appointed by the president, because they are the property of the State and of government and because that's what we do."

He was arguing against claims that Manana was receiving special treatment after he allegedly assaulted a woman at the Cubana nightclub in Fourways, Johannesburg, over the weekend.

"There are procedures you need to follow when you take away VIP protection."

He said if Manana were to "step aside" his VIP protection would be revoked.

It was unclear if Manana's bodyguards were present during the fracas and, if they were there, what role they played. Mbalula said this was being investigated.

On Thursday, Manana appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, Johannesburg, on two charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. He was granted R5 000 bail.

In a recording obtained by TimesLive, Manana can be heard admitting to the assault in a conversation with the brother of the woman, Mandisa Duma.

"I hit her, I slapped her," Manana is heard saying. He argues that Duma swore at him and called him gay.

In a video posted on social media, Manana slaps a cowering woman.

Following social media outrage and calls for his head, Manana "apologised" and said there was "extreme provocation".

The police's VIP protection unit's budget for 2017/18 is R2.8bn. The department of women in the Presidency's budget for this financial year is R206m.


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