Manana granted bail of R5 000 in as­sault case

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by ANA AYANDA NTSHANGAASE

AC­TIVISTS have vowed to ex­ert pres­sure and en­sure that Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Deputy Min­is­ter Mduduzi Manana does not get off the hook af­ter his ad­mis­sion to as­sault­ing two women.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic, in­clud­ing anti-woman abuse ac­tivists, Andile Gae­le­siwe and her team, were at the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day when Manana was granted R5 000 bail.

Ac­tivists wore T-shirts with the slo­gan #NotInMyName. Gae­le­siwe told The Star they were at­tend­ing the pro­ceed­ings to sup­port the victims and to con­demn vi­o­lence against women.

“We are say­ing no; not in my name will an­other woman be raped, and the min­is­ter smack some­one and not get pun­ished for it.”

Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula held a me­dia brief­ing shortly af­ter Manana was charged with two counts of as­sault.

Mbalula spoke out strongly against woman abuse and em­pha­sised that Manana would not be han­dled with kid-gloves.

“Rape and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence against women and vul­ner­a­ble groups are se­ri­ous crimes. Whether the rape is oc­cur­ring be­tween strangers or ac­quit­ted per­sons, it is still a crime. Women are not the prop­erty of males in this coun­try, no hu­man has the right to own and con­trol an­other,” Mbalula said.

Ear­lier, the min­is­ter said al­co­hol abuse was the cause of many as­saults in the coun­try, es­pe­cially over week­ends. “The ex­am­ple of this is seen in the case of our com­rade (Manana),” Mbalula added.

Manana stands ac­cused of beat­ing up two women at the Cubana restau­rant in Four­ways in the early hours of Sun­day.

The deputy min­is­ter sneaked into the court through a side en­trance while a con­tin­gent of jour­nal­ists waited for him in front of the court­house.

Pros­e­cu­tor Yusuf Baba told mag­is­trate Liesel Davids that Manana faced two counts of as­sault with in­tent to cause grievous bod­ily harm.

The court ruled against the me­dia tak­ing pic­tures or video record­ings of Manana while he was in the court­room.

Wear­ing a tai­lored navy suit, Manana was granted bail on con­di­tion that he re­frains from mak­ing con­tact with any wit­nesses, di­rectly or in­di­rectly. The case was post­poned to Septem­ber 13 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) spokesper­son Phindi Mjonond­wane said Manana was not given special treat­ment, and had handed him­self to the po­lice yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“It was his first ap­pear­ance… this is a sched­ule one of­fence. As the State, we had no grounds to op­pose his bail, hence we agreed on the amount of R5 000.

“We re­main com­mit­ted, as the NPA, to am­plify the voice of the victims in our courts. We will go and pre­pare and en­sure that the vic­tim gets fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion,” Mjonond­wane added.

She de­nied that Manana has a case pend­ing in the as­sault of a woman in Ermelo.

THE AC­CUSED: Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Deputy Min­is­ter Mduduzi Manana.

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