Sisulu grand­son ‘Shaka’ also in hot wa­ter

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAIN GERMANER

ON THE same day that Deputy Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Mduduzi Manana was charged with as­sault for at­tack­ing a young woman, an­other prom­i­nent ac­tivist was meant to ap­pear in the same courthouse for the same rea­son.

Ra­dio and TV per­son­al­ity Shaka Sisulu was this week brought be­fore the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court, charged with as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The State has claimed he al­legedly hit the mother of his child against a door at his Morn­ing­side, Sand­ton home.

Sisulu, who is the grand­son of Strug­gle stal­warts Wal­ter and Al­bertina Sisulu, came un­der fire ear­lier this year, ac­cused of spear­head­ing a covert ANC unit that aimed to dis­credit op­po­si­tion par­ties.

Re­ports from ear­lier this year sug­gested Sisulu had in­vited ANC sup­port­ers to join the cam­paign and use their so­cial me­dia ac­counts to pro­mote pro-ANC con­tent as part of an al­leged Twit­ter war room.

While Sisulu has rub­bished the pro­pa­ganda claims, this week he once again landed in hot wa­ter af­ter be­ing charged with as­sault. Two sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said the al­leged at­tack was ap­par­ently the cul­mi­na­tion of an ar­gu­ment over col­lec­tion of child main­te­nance money.

It’s un­der­stood he made two brief ap­pear­ances at the court this week, the first time on Mon­day when he was re­leased on R500 bail. While his case was post­poned to Thurs­day, the same day Manana was ap­pear­ing – he ap­par­ently failed to ar­rive, with a war­rant of ar­rest is­sued in re­sponse to his ab­sence.

How­ever, the ab­sence was ex­plained to the court dur­ing his ap­pear­ance on Fri­day, and the case was post­poned to next month.

Yes­ter­day evening, Sisulu con­firmed his ap­pear­ance at the court and the claims laid against him by the mother of his child.

“I can con­firm that in­deed she came to my house for a meet­ing last Thurs­day morn­ing. We could not reach an agree­ment and this clearly up­set her. I deny the al­lega- tions of any kind of as­sault and am baf­fled as to how our dis­agree­ment on a main­te­nance is­sue sud­denly turned into an as­sault claim,” he said.

“My fam­ily has since in­sisted on me­di­a­tion on this main­te­nance dif­fer­ence and as we both clearly care a lot about the best in­ter­est of our child we have agreed that we shall take this up,” Sisulu said.

Manana was granted bail of R5 000 on Thurs­day, with his case also post­poned to next month. The deputy min­is­ter is ac­cused of at­tack­ing Man­disa Duma in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing af­ter an ar­gu­ment at the Cubana restau­rant in Four­ways. It is al­leged Manana flew into a rage when Duma called him “gay”, with video footage of the as­sault show­ing a vi­cious al­ter­ca­tion.

The at­tack led to sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic out­cry, and on Thurs­day, Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula de­nied re­ports that Manana had re­ceived spe­cial treat­ment, as it was four days af­ter the al­leged as­sault that he was warned to hand him­self in.

“The deputy min­is­ter availed him­self to us and has been fully co- op­er­a­tive. Cit- izens have right­fully de­manded that this case be treated se­ri­ously and ur­gently due to the iden­tity of the per­pe­tra­tor. I agree,” Mbalula said.

He said he was disappointed with his col­league. “We are say­ing that the case in point of the deputy min­is­ter is very dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we ex­pect an in­di­vid­ual like him to act as an am­bas­sador in the pro­tec­tion of women against vi­o­lence. Nonethe­less every­body is pre­sumed in­no­cent un­til proven other­wise and no­body is above the law.”

An­other case of abuse went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia this week with the KwaZulu-Na­tal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment try­ing to get to the bot­tom of a bru­tal as­sault of a school­girl that had been cap­tured on video.

The brief clip shows a young man, pre­sumed to be a pupil at the school, kick­ing and hit­ting a young woman, send­ing her to the floor. He then con­tin­ues with a bar­rage of kicks to the pupil’s head and neck as he shouts at her. The Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment called on the pub­lic to help iden­tify the school.

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