Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Mbalula says Manana 'innocent until proven otherwise'

Mbalula says Manana 'innocent until proven otherwise'

Mbalula says there will be no special treatment for the deputy minister.

Addressing the court, Prosecutor Yusuf Baba said the accused was facing two counts of assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm.

She said that was why the petition was calling on Zuma, who hires and fires ministers, to send a loud, clear message condemning Manana's actions by showing him the door.

The Minister of state for Education in South Africa, Mduduzi Manana, has admitted to assaulting a middle-aged woman identified as Mandisa Duma at a Johannesburg nightclub after she apparently called him gay during an argument.

"Arrests must be made procedurally".

Mbalula said the alleged assault took place at Cubana in Fourways at 04:00 on Sunday.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says cabinet ministers should be above reproach.

"Arrests themselves are not punishments".

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The deputy minister's spokesperson, Busiswa Gqangeni, could not immediately comment on the previous assault charges.

Mbalula said he would need to get answers on Manana's VIP protection, as they essentially reported to him as police minister.

Mbalula denied getting involved in Manana's matter before it reached the police.

Mjonondwane said however that according to the investigating officer there was no pending assault cases against Manana.

The Democratic Alliance maintained its call for the deputy minister to be fired immediately.

Manana was released on R5000 bail with the condition that he wasn't allowed to contact witnesses or family members of the victims directly or indirectly.

"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. "Nonetheless, everybody is presumed innocent until proven otherwise".

Manana had availed himself to police, had been fully co-operative, was known to the victim and the public, and was therefore "not a flight risk".

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