Manana fac­ing ar­rest to­day

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - NOKUTHULA ZWANE

AS THE coun­try cel­e­brated the 61st an­niver­sary of Women’s Day, three women were still wait­ing for the out­come on an as­sault in­ves­ti­ga­tion against Deputy Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Mduduzi Manana.

The women, Man­disa Duma, 30, Thando Mahlaba, 29, and Thina Mapipa, 31, have ac­cused Manana of as­sault­ing them in a restau­rant, the Cubaña in Four­ways, at the week­end.

There was some late move­ment yes­ter­day in the case when the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer as­sured the trio Manana was ex­pected to be ar­rested to­day.

“We just met with the de­tec­tive to sign our state­ments and he told us they are sup­posed to be ar­rest­ing him to­day (Wed­nes­day), but it’s a mat­ter of find­ing him. But he said the ar­rest should be made to­mor­row (to­day),” said Duma.

News of the im­mi­nent ar­rest came as Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma pledged to make crimes against women and chil­dren a pri­or­ity in his Women’s Day ad­dress yes­ter­day.

The three women told The Star that they first met Manana at the club and had no idea who he was.

“We ac­tu­ally did not know who he was. We only fig­ured this out once we were there and de­bates (were) hap­pen­ing.

“We just kept ask­ing, ‘Who is this guy. Why are we even talk­ing pol­i­tics’,” said Mapipa.

“The peo­ple around us then told us that he was ac­tu­ally the deputy min­is­ter. And we were like, ‘Oh okay.’ We had no idea. We just thought he was a nor­mal guy, spend­ing money at a bar with his friends.”

All three women said they were re­cov­er­ing from headaches, knee, eye and back in­juries sus­tained in the al­leged at­tack.

From Page 1 Min­istry of Po­lice spokesper­son Vuyo Mhaga said Manana’s state­ment and the med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate are the fi­nal el­e­ments to con­clude the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mhaga said one of the state­ments needed to be com­pleted. He said the video of Manana ap­pear­ing to as­sault Duma may be in­cluded in the gath­er­ing of ev­i­dence.

“We are wrap­ping up the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and are at the fi­nal stage. As soon as we (are) done with that, then the docket will be taken to the se­nior pros­e­cu­tor to make that (ar­rest) de­ci­sion,” he added.

Manana was ini­tially charged with com­mon as­sault but this could be changed to griev­ous bod­ily harm once the med­i­cal re­sults were re­leased, Mhaga added.

“The de­ter­mi­na­tion is made by the med­i­cal physi­cian’s cer­tifi­cate…”

Manana’s spokesper­son, Bu­sisiwe Gqan­geni, re­ferred The Star to two state­ments re­leased this week. She did not, how­ever, an­swer ques­tions as to whether Manana would re­sign as deputy min­is­ter over the in­ci­dent.

Tues­day’s state­ment by Manana was an apol­ogy to the staff, man­age­ment and clients of Cubaña for his “un­be­com­ing be­hav­iour” and “shame­ful in­ci­dent” that went vi­ral.

“I know my ac­tions and those of the peo­ple in my com­pany have dis­ap­pointed and hurt many peo­ple in the coun­try, es­pe­cially the vic­tims and fam­i­lies. As a leader, I should have known bet­ter…” said Manana.

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IN HOT WA­TER: Deputy Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Mduduzi Manana.

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