Deputy Minister of Higher Education granted R5 000 bail

FILE Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana

Manana issued a media statement on Monday admitting to the assault.

Manana made the admission during his first appearance at the Randburg Magistrates Court. "I have noted that many in society would prefer for the Minister of Police to carry handcuffs and cuff up any suspect", he said.

"That shameful incident should not have happened", said Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana in a statement, adding that he will cooperate with police.

"The law, however, must take its course".

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has drawn widespread criticism from members of the public and gender activists over the police's failure to arrest Manana. "Deputy Minister Manana will not be treated with special kid gloves".

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But social media users were calling for Manana to be sacked. "Manana must be dismissed if we want to send a clear message that when you strike a woman you strike a rock", said Mpofu.

She told journalists that the NPA did not have any information about the Deputy Minister's pending assault case, which was apparently reported in Ermelo, Mpumalanga.

His comments come after recurring concerns that Manana was receiving preferential treatment. 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.

Speaking in Khayelitsha‚ Cape Town‚ where he was visiting the family of a young woman allegedly beaten to death by her boyfriend‚ Mbalula said Manana's "flashy suits" would not save him. "The state fully supports the victim", he said, at a news conference.

"We wish to emphasise that nobody is above the law when it comes to crimes against women".

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