South African politician apologizes for apparent assault on woman

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 10, 2017

"I apologise unreservedly for assaulting the woman and I fully accept that despite provocation I should have exercised restraint", he said in the statement.

The African National Congress‚ its Women's League and the Congress of the People (Cope) have all condemned the alleged assault of three women by Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana and his friends in a restaurant on Sunday morning.

Manana said he would allow the law to take its course.

Manana is accused of allegedly assaulting a woman at Cubana nightclub in Johannesburg.

On Tuesday, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said Manana's arrest was imminent.

The ANCWL condemns violence against women and perpetrators must face the might of the law. "We also call on the Presidency to demonstrate that no one is above the law", Hlubi said.

After the incident, the police ministry issued a statement saying that the police "must be given space to investigate the case".

"While the matter may not be directly related to DHET business, the department recognises the significance of these reports, particularly in the context of Women's Month and the national call for the validation for gender equality and the rights of women in a non-violent society".

This week several political parties also came out against the attack, with the Democratic Alliance calling for President Jacob Zuma to "fire Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana immediately, regardless of the hollow apology Manana issued". His acknowledgement that "I'm not denying allegations leveled 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 has already admitted on social media that he was involved in an assault on two women over the weekend.

A witness of the assault claims that Manana pulled Duma by the hair, slapped her and stepped on her.

Manana has since penned an apology directed at the victim, Mandisa Duma, "her family, the government of South Africa and all South Africans, and women in particular".

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