Sparks fly at Manana’s as­sault case

Sec­ond sus­pect linked to the case ar­rested at court

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Mpho Sibany­oni ■ sibany­onim@sowe­tan.co.za

Television per­son­al­ity and women rights ac­tivist Andile Gae­le­siwe came close to trad­ing blows with sup­port­ers of for­mer deputy min­is­ter of higher ed­u­ca­tion Mduduzi Manana in the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Manana pleaded guilty to all three charges brought against him for as­sault­ing Man­disa Duma at Cubana night­club in Four­ways last month.

His case was post­poned to Novem­ber 7.

At the same court, Gae­le­siwe was in­volved in an ugly spat with Manana’s sup­port­ers in­side a packed Court 3 when she con­fronted two men, who wore T-shirts em­bla­zoned #WeAreSorry.

A war of words en­sued when Gae­le­siwe im­plied that one of the men was a gay.

“I will drag you out of the closet,” said Gae­le­siwe.

This re­sulted in Women’s Net­work pres­i­dent Montseng Mothae in­ter­ven­ing.

“She is very ho­mo­pho­bic, it is so sad,” charged Mothae in ref­er­ence to Gae­le­siwe’s com­ments. Gae­le­siwe ac­cused one of the men of bad breath and need­ing to bathe. One of the men said he was dis­ap­pointed by her reaction. “It is so un­like you,” he said. The man la­belled Gae­le­siwe “old and de­serv­ing to be on pen­sion”.

This took place while Manana was in a “wait­ing room”.

Gae­le­siwe said she lost it when she heard the men gos­sip­ing about her.

“What­ever they were say­ing it wasn’t funny be­cause they were laugh­ing,” she said.

Themba Masango from #NotInMyName cam­paign against abuse said they were look­ing for jus­tice for Manana’s al­leged vic­tims.

“There are peo­ple who have been rented to stand for the per­pe­tra­tor, which is a sad thing,” Masango said.

“Th­ese peo­ple started an al­ter­ca­tion be­cause our or­gan­i­sa­tion wants jus­tice and for Manana to face the full might of the law.

Mean­while, po­lice pounced on a sus­pect iden­ti­fied by Duma and linked to Manana’s as­sault case out­side the court.

Gaut­eng po­lice spokesman Kay Makhubele con­firmed the ar­rest yes­ter­day.

Peo­ple have been rented to stand for the per­pe­tra­tor

/ ALON SKUY

For­mer deputy min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Mduduzi Manana pleaded guilty in the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

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