South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mduduzi Manana will now fight to remain a deputy minister due to his assault of two women in a night club.
Earlier, it emerged that the deputy minister assaulted two women at Cubana Latino bar in northern Johannesburg. The incident reportedly happened in the early hours of Sunday morning.
One of the women related how the deputy minister and his guys assaulted her and other women. She reportedly said:
“They kicked me and they punched me and pulled my hair… My cousin Thando was also klapped, they pulled her hair. My friend was thrown around when she tried to come and help me.”
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Already, a criminal case has been opened against the deputy minister. The Democratic Alliance(DA) party welcomed that. Nonetheless, the party said the criminal case against Mduduzi Manana is simply not enough.
DA is asking the deputy minister to apologise for what he did and resign immediately. Excerpts from a media statement the DA issued read:
“The DA has learned with shock and anger about the alleged assault by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mduduzi Manana, on a woman in a Johannesburg night club. We condemn this act in the strongest terms.
In our country which is plagued by unacceptably high levels of gender-based violence, this behaviour only seeks to normalise and perpetuate violence against women.
Deputy Minister Manana must immediately apologise and then resign from his post. He is clearly unsuited to hold it.”
DA also expressed that the ANC government wouldn’t think twice about immediately suspending Manana pending a full and thorough investigation if the party is serious about protecting women.
“However, the ANC has a history of protecting those who break the law and clearly cannot be trusted to protect those they have been elected to serve.
“Members of Parliament who breach the Ethics Act must be investigated by the Public Protector,” DA asserted.
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With that, the party disclosed that it will report Deputy Minister Manana to the Public Protector for breaching section 2.1 (d) of the Executive Ethics Code.
The ethics code stipulated that Members of Parliament must “act in all respects in a manner that is consistent with the integrity of their office or the government.”
Above all, DA proclaimed its support for the women and other South Africans affected by gender-based violence.
“We will continue to work for a society where elected leaders do not feel they can attack women and get away with it,” added the party.