Manana ar­rest out­rage

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CON­FU­SION be­tween the po­lice and NPA over who should make the call to ar­rest Mduduzi Manana may have kept him out of jail yes­ter­day.

The deputy min­is­ter of higher ed­u­ca­tion has ad­mit­ted to as­sault­ing a young woman, Man­disa Duma, at Cubaña Restau­rant in Four­ways over the week­end.

Ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity spokesper­son Phindi Mjonond­wane, the mat­ter has to be de­cided by the NPA once the docket had been re­ceived. She claimed the NPA had not re­ceived the docket by 4pm yes­ter­day.

Po­lice min­istry spokesper­son Vuyo Mhaga in­sisted the NPA had the au­thor­ity to de­cide on ar­rest­ing and pros­e­cut­ing Manana.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is at an ad­vanced stage. The docket has been given to the pros­e­cu­tor to give a de­ci­sion,” said Mhaga.

A case of com­mon as­sault was opened at the Dou­glas­dale Po­lice Sta­tion by Duma and her cousin Thando Mahlaba, 29. Both Duma and Mahlaba were as­saulted early on Sun­day morn­ing af­ter a ver­bal ex­change over the ANC suc­ces­sion de­bate and al­legedly call­ing Manana gay.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor at one of the Gaut­eng courts, when it comes to the ar­rest of an al­leged of­fender, it all de­pends on the case that has been opened.

The pros­e­cu­tor, who pre­ferred to be anony­mous, said if the charge was com­mon as­sault, which does not re­quire the vic­tim to get a med­i­cal re­port, the al­leged per­pe­tra­tor does not get ar­rested. That was be­cause the as­sault was seen to be mi­nor, he said.

If the charge laid against Manana was com­mon as­sault, a case would be opened, po­lice would in­ves­ti­gate and the ac­cused is­sued with a summons say­ing what they are charged with.

DUMA’S brother Phesheya told The Star there was a ver­bal al­ter­ca­tion be­tween his sis­ter and Manana, and he later slapped her in full view of the pub­lic in the restau­rant.

“He then slapped one of the ladies who was with her, be­ing my cousin. From there, they left and he (Manana) fol­lowed them out­side and be­gan to as­sault my sis­ter, whose pic­tures are all over the me­dia,” said Phesheya.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Phesheya later con­fronted Manana dur­ing a recorded phone call and he ad­mit­ted to slap­ping Duma. In the au­dio clip, Manana said: “My brother, when she swore at me and called me gay, I slapped her.”

Phesheya said Duma was re­cov­er­ing but was shocked and trau­ma­tised fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. He fur­ther added that the fam­ily had not re­ceived an apol­ogy from Manana and wanted the law to take its course.

“Some of the of­fi­cials in the po­lice min­istry have been in con­tact with us to try and sort this mat­ter out, to en­sure that we bring him to book. So I have no doubt in the pro­cesses that are un­fold­ing. I just think we need to be pa­tient,” he said.

Manana re­leased an un­re­served apol­ogy to Duma, her fam­ily, the gov­ern­ment and women in par­tic­u­lar as pub­lic out­rage swelled yes­ter­day.

“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 co-op­er­a­tion,” said Manana.

He said he’d meet with Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and other ANC lead­ers to in­form them about his side of the story. Zuma also con­demned the in­ci­dent, say­ing the gov­ern­ment had made vi­o­lence against women a pri­or­ity crime.

In a state­ment, ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa said: “Such be­hav­iour is un­ac­cept­able and should be roundly con­demned by all in our so­ci­ety”.

The DA went a step fur­ther and called on Zuma to fire Manana.

“Manana’s vi­o­lent as­sault of a woman in a night­club is a crim­i­nal act, which he has now con­fessed to, and is a pro­found dis­grace to the gov­ern­ment and to the coun­try.

“Mr Manana con­tin­ues to equiv­o­cate, claim­ing that he as­saulted Ms Duma af­ter ‘ex­treme provo­ca­tion’. This is rub­bish. There is no provo­ca­tion what­so­ever that jus­ti­fies him us­ing phys­i­cal vi­o­lence,” said the party in a state­ment.

Min­is­ter of Po­lice Fik­ile Mbalula said po­lice must be given space to in­ves­ti­gate the case.

“No one is above the law, ir­re­spec­tive of their po­si­tion in so­ci­ety,” said Mbalula.

The PAC said it was deeply con­cerned with the ris­ing lev­els of vi­o­lence, es­pe­cially against women and chil­dren.

PAC spokesper­son Ken­neth Mok­gatlhe said: “We can­not have pub­lic ser­vants be­hav­ing like the Karate Kid or Rambo, es­pe­cially to­wards women dur­ing Women’s Month.”

He ad­mit­ted to slap­ping Duma for call­ing him gay

AD­MIS­SION: Mduduzi Manana

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