Sha­bangu sat­is­fied law will take its course with Manana, Mu­gabe

Observer on Saturday - - News - ”NEWS24

CAPE TOWN – Min­is­ter of Women in the Pres­i­dency Su­san Sha­bangu said she was sat­is­fied that the law will take its course in the re­spec­tive cases of for­mer deputy min­is­ter Mdu Manana and that of Zim­bab­wean First Lady Grace Mu­gabe.

Sha­bangu an­swered ques­tions on Thurs­day in a heated ses­sion of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Provinces, where DA leader in the NCOP Cathy Labuschagne was ex­pelled af­ter she re­fused to with­draw her dis­sat­is­fac­tion with Sha­bangu’s re­sponse to her.

While ask­ing Sha­bangu a ques­tion, Labuschagne asked Sha­bangu if she was lis­ten­ing to her, ac­cord­ing to Labuschagne. Sha­bangu said “Not to you,” but Sha­bangu said she said, “Con­tinue”.

Sha­bangu was vo­cif­er­ously heck­led by the op­po­si­tion while an­swer­ing ques­tions on Manana and Mu­gabe. Asked if Manana should face jail time for the as­sault of a young woman to which he has since pleaded guilty, Sha­bangu said South Africa’s laws are suf­fi­cient to deal with “who­ever com­mits vi­o­lence in our coun­try”.

She said Manana was in court the day be­fore and the law must take its course. “I am sat­is­fied that Manana has gone through the rel­e­vant struc­tures. It shows our jus­tice sys­tem is work­ing and on course,” she said.

EFF MP Brenda Mathe­vula re­ferred to a state­ment made by So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter and leader of the ANC Women's League Batha­bile Dlamini where she said there were mem­bers in Cab­i­net who abused women in a man­ner far worse than that of Manana.

“Do you know of any gov­ern­ment lead­ers abus­ing women?” Mathe­vula asked. “I don’t have an opinion on that be­cause you are speak­ing to Su­san Sha­bangu,” Sha­bangu replied. She said if any min­is­ters were abus­ing women, she would ex­pect the law to take its course as with Manana.

Asked about the grant­ing of diplo­matic im­mu­nity to Grace Mu­gabe, Sha­bangu said, like Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa in the Na­tional Assem­bly last week, this was done in terms of in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tions.

SAT­IS­FIED: Min­is­ter of Women in the Pres­i­dency Su­san Sha­bangu

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