UPDATE: Mduduzi Manana apologises to Duma family for assault in Fourways

Photo: Tracy Lee Stark.

Deputy Minister of Education for the African National Congress (ANC), Mduduzi Manana has apologised for his violent behaviour in Cubana Restaurant in Fourways, over the weekend.  Manana has admitted to assaulting Mandisa Duma, after a political dispute.

“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 Restaurant in Fourways over the weekend,” said Manana.

“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.”

Manana has claimed that fake accounts have been opened in his name, showing less remorse for the victim and which he alleges are intended to further tarnish his name.

Read the original article here and watch the video

“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.”

According to a statement released by the Presidency, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed that a case has been opened with the South African Police Service against Manana for allegedly assaulting Duma.

President Jacob Zuma said in the statement, “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 either the perpetrator or victim. South Africa must be safe for all women.”

The President has urged anyone with information on the matter to cooperate with the authorities.

 

Here’s what people are saying on Twitter about the incident:

 

 

Manana’s statement:

 

  AUTHOR
Marnelle Greyling
Journalist/Reporter

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