Facebook profile screen grab of the woman at the centre of the abuse scandal involving deputy minister of Education Mduduzi Manana.

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Manana abuse scandal: President Zuma responds

Ogopoleng Mushi

Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana has apologised for assaulting a woman, while responding to the outcry surrounding an incident that happened at Cubana in Fourways in the early hours of Sunday morning. A voice clip has since gone viral where Manana is heard admitting to assaulting Mandisa Duma. The deputy minister appears to have called a viral clip fake. It is unclear which clip he claims is fake.

Amidst the outcry, President Jacob Zuma has responded, saying it is “with great concern” that he learns of the allegations and that he “is disturbed by the allegations of assault on a woman patron at a nightclub in Johannesburg”.

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.Manana said in a statement that he was “extremely provoked” but would subject himself to the law.
“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 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 cooperation.”

He added that several fake social media accounts had been opened in his name “showing less remorse to the victim and intended to further tarnish my name”.

“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.”

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa told ANN7 that the ANC still needed to look into the matter, and told Eusebius McKaizer on 702 that there was no place in the ANC or leadership for someone who raises a hand to a woman or a man. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula also released a statement, as seen below.

 

Reports claim the incident happened at Cubana in Fourways in the early hours of Sunday morning and followed a spat over the ANC succession debate and the woman, Mandisa Duma, allegedly called Manana gay.

A video has surfaced of the scuffle:

 

 

Earlier on Monday, social media was ablaze with a recording that allegedly contains Duma’s brother speaking with Manana, where he admits to hitting his sister.

The audio can be heard here:

 

It has also emerged that the deputy minister was a key speaker at an event at Rhodes University exactly a year ago, where the topic was sexual and gender violence.

While the minister has since emerged on twitter, it has not quelled the firestorm, with twitter making its views known:

 

The outcry is trending under #MduduziManana,

With ANA

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