Deputy Minister Manana Assault Victim Rejects Apology: Here’s Why


Mandisa Duma, the young woman who was assaulted by Deputy Minister Manana Mduduzi has refused to accept his apology for two substantial reasons.

Despite Manana admitting to hitting her and issuing an apology, Duma refused to accept it because the Deputy Minister did not apologise to her personally.

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The other reason was that Manana did not mention the other women who he allegedly hit also at the Cubana nightclub in Fourways, north of Johannesburg.

Duma told reporters: “I don’t accept it. He only apologised to me when he knows very well he hit other women and not me, so why is he only apologising to me? And he didn’t apologise to me personally.”

She confirmed that she’s gradually recovering at home, adding that she no choice but to trust that police will do their job.

“I did meet with a detective this morning to go over my statement. So they said to me that they are investigating and once they are done with that then they will hand it over to the NPA, which will then be the one, I guess, to issue the warrant of arrest,” she said.

The deputy minister had apologised twice to Duma, South Africans and the night club.

Over the weekend, Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana headlined the news for the wrong reason after he allegedly assaulted Duma for calling him gay.

For now, it’s still unclear if the department of education will take any action against Manana. But he’s not off the hook yet as he now has to face the African National Congress (ANC) for being absent during the motion of no confidence in President Zuma.

On Wednesday, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu announced that all those who weren’t present will have to account. Mduduzi Manana did not attend the no-confidence motion against Zuma.

Mthembu said: “He [Manana] will have to account to the Chief Whip and many others that did not present themselves, except those that we had apologies from who asked to be excused. But there are still those who will have to account to the Chief Whip.”

Meanwhile, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Congress of South African Trade Union Union (Cosatu) and many human rights organizations have called for Manana’s arrest.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) also want Cubana to be held accountable for its complicity and closed down if it cannot guarantee the safety of women in its premise.

According to reports, this is not the first time Manana has beaten up women in public. On August 7, DA MP John Steenhuisen alleged that the deputy minister assaulted and threatened one of his female MPs in Parliament last year.

Also, Manana is said to have assaulted a young woman Zinhle Mokhohlane at Nesto Lounge in Ermelo last month.

Many people criticized the Deputy Minister for being obsessed with women, others slammed him for assaulting Duma during Women’s Month. South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.