Special treatment for Minister Manana?

Mduduzi Manana

President Jacob Zuma is facing growing pressure from some quarters to fire Mduduzi Manana the Deputy Minister of Higher Education. Slindelo Masikane

For the past two days, social media has been abuzz with the "Manana" incident - a video circulating which apparently shows Deputy Minister for Education, Mduduzi Manana violently attacking a woman for calling him gay.

The Deputy Minister was involved in an assault incident in which he assaulted two women in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Cubana Restaurant in Fourways, Johannesburg.

"I can assure you - Deputy Minister Mdu Manana will not be treated with special kid gloves and he will face the full wrath of law in relation to the reported crimes of which today he appeared in court".

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"A ideal example of patriarchal protection, particularly for those in power, is that to this day Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana who admittedly assaulted a woman has not been arrested", said the EFF. "I agree", said the police minister.

Ministers and deputy ministers are entitled to VIP police protection.

Manana has apologised for the "shameful incident", saying that "regardless of the extreme provocation, I should have exercised restraint". "We lose a lot of money in civil claims in this regard when we arrest without proper due diligence", he said. And equally, that's a matter that concerns me, because the police that guard him are the police that report directly to me.

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"Arrests themselves are not punishments".

Manana's party, the African National Congress, has issued a statement expressing its disappointment at his alleged behavior. "Nonetheless, everybody is presumed innocent until proven otherwise". "He's not a flight risk and as police we can not mete out punishment but secure suspects for court processes", Mbalula said while he continued to list the reasons for Manana not being arrested.

When asked why Manana was still in his position, Mbablula said it was up to President Jacob Zuma to dismiss or suspend Manana.

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In an "unreserved" apology to Mandisa and her family on Monday, Manana said he would co-operate
fully with the legal process. "The state fully supports the victim", he said, at a news conference.

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