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Mbalula says Manana will not get special treatment

 PARLIAMENT, August 11 – Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana, who has been charged with assaulting a woman and granted bail of R5,000, will not be given preferential treatment, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Thursday. 
“It is true in our society that sometimes our law has got eyes in terms of who is the perpetrator and they are treated with special kid gloves and I can assure you Deputy Minister Mdu Manana will not be treated with special kid gloves and will face the full wrath of the law…,” Mbalula told journalists in Cape Town.
His comments came as media reported that Manana was allowed to enter the Randburg Magistrate’s Court through the staff parking entrance. He was granted bail of R5,000 and the case was postponed to September 13.
Defending police against criticism from the public over Manana not being arrested before his court appearance, the minister said police had to ensure procedure was followed, including obtaining witness statements.
“The DM [deputy minister] is a known individual. He cannot hide from the law. He is not a flight risk and as police we do not mete out punishment….”
Mbalula said it was up to the court to decide Manana’s future.
Earlier, the minister said alcohol abuse was the cause of many assaults in the country, especially over weekends.
“The example of this is seen in the case of our comrade [Manana],” the minister said.
The Democratic Alliance again demanded Manana be fired as deputy minister.
“Manana has today been charged with two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, facing such serious charges is all the more reasons why he cannot remain an active member of Cabinet and must therefore be fired,” said DA higher education spokeswoman Hlomela Bucwa.

Deputy minister of Higher Education, Mduduzi Manana, was granted R5,000 bail by the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Manana, 34, is facing two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm sprouting from a weekend incident where he allegedly assaulted a woman after an argument at a Johannesburg nightclub.
State prosecutor Yusuf Baba told Magistrate Liezel Davis that Manana was in custody, while further requesting permission for the media to broadcast proceedings.
Pictures of Mandisa Duma’s beaten face and a video of her allegedly being assaulted by Manana at Cubana in Fourways went viral on social media.
Defence attorney Michael Motswaneng Bill said Manana had no previous convictions.
Manana stood confidently in the dock, dressed in a navy blue tailored suit and a white shirt.
Magistrate Davis ordered Manana released on R5,000 bail and said he was not allowed to have any contact with witnesses.
Earlier, Manana was snuck into court and sat in the prosecutor’s office. Journalists were camped outside the court for several hours but never saw him entering.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, said Manana had handed himself over at the Douglousdale police station and she did not have information on his arrest as they only dealt with the prosecution.
She added that she was not aware of another case against Manana, this in Ermelo, where he allegedly assaulted another woman at a nightclub.
The magistrate adjourned the mater to September 13 for further investigation.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana, who has been charged with assaulting a woman and granted bail, will not be given preferential treatment, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Thursday.
“It is true in our society that sometimes our law has got eyes in terms of who is the perpetrator and they are treated with special kid gloves and I can assure you Deputy Minister Mdu Manana will not be treated with special kid gloves and will face the full wrath of the law…,” Mbalula told journalists in Cape Town.
His comments came as media reported that Manana was allowed to enter the Randburg Magistrates’ court through the staff parking entrance. He was granted bail of R5,000 and the case was postponed to September 13.
Defending police against criticism from the public over Manana not being arrested before his court appearance, the minister said police had to ensure procedure was followed, including obtaining witness statements.
“The DM [deputy minister] is a known individual. He cannot hide from the law. He is not a flight risk and as police we do not mete out punishment….”
Mbalula said it was up to the court to decide Manana’s future.
Earlier, the minister said  alcohol abuse was the cause of many assaults in the country, especially over weekends.
“The example of this is seen in the case of our comrade [Manana],” the minister said.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday said alcohol abuse led to the assault of a woman by deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana.
Briefing journalists in Parliament, Mbalula said alcohol abuse was the cause of many assaults in the country, especially over weekends
“The example of this is seen in the case of our comrade [Manana],” the minister said.
Mbalula defended the action of police, who failed to arrest Manana before his court appearance on Thursday.
“Citizens have rightfully demanded that this case be treated as serious and urgent due to the identity of the perpertrator. I agree,” said Mbalula, but added that police had to first obtain witness statements before they could take action.
The assault of Mandisa Duma reportedly happened early Sunday morning following a heated argument about the African National Congress’s (ANC) succession debate.
The woman allegedly called Manana gay before the alleged assault ensued. The assault reportedly continued outside in a parking lot. Duma said she reported the assault at the Douglasdale police station. Photographs showing bruises on her head, neck and leg were posted on social media on Sunday.

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