South Africa minister in court on assault charges

Ross Houston
August 10, 2017

He reportedly told her brother he did this because she said he was gay.

The minister evaded journalists who had gathered at the entrance of the court by using a side entrance.

"I wish to apologize 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 Restaurant in Fourways [district] over the weekend", Manana said.

Mbalula said the Deputy Minister was a known individual who could not hide from the law.

"The deputy minister is a known individual; he can not hide from the law".

The minister fielded questions from the media on Manana's apparent special treatment, after video footage emerged showing that he had been escorted through the back door of the Randburg Magistrate's Court, with police protection.

South Africa's Police Minister Fikile Mbalula denied Mr Manana would be treated differently from other defendants.

"This assault is a shocking indictment on Manana and he must now face the full might of the law", said the party's spokesperson on higher education and training, Hlomela Bucwa. He said the matter would be handed over to a senior public prosecutor for a decision on whether to prosecute and this would inform the decision regarding his arrest.

He maintained that, while he was disappointed, a person was innocent until proven guilty.

"We don't want to rush police".

"Your state fully supports the victim and acts only on behalf of the victim", said Mbalula.

He would introduce a new mechanism at police station level that would change the way police dealt with woman wanting to lay a gender-violence charge.

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