Jean-Jacques Cornish

Deputy Minister who assaulted women is not getting special treatment, say SA authorities

Anti abuse activists say a Deputy Minister who admitted to beating two women at a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend should be kept behind bars.

The Deputy Minister was released on bail of 317 euros after appearing in a the Randburg Magistrates Court near Johannesburg yesterday (Thursday) where he was charged with two counts of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

A third woman claim she was assaulted by him a month ago in Ermelo, 210 kilometers east of Johannesburg

Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mdaduzi Manana was filmed assaulting Mandisa Duma at a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend after a political argument.

Manana has apologized unreservedly for what he calls a shameful incident.

He allegedly also assaulted Duma’s cousin, who called him gay.

The leader of South Africa’s upper house, the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise says she disgusted in Manana.

Freda Oosthuysen, of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, which is one of the parties in South Africa’s ruling triple alliance, says Manana is a disgrace.

The deputy minister handed himself  in to police hours before his court appearance.

South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority says Manana will receive no special treatment.

Nevertheless Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is lambasted on social media for not having Manana arrested earlier and held in custody before his appearance.

The pressure group Women Against Abuse is calling for harsher penalties for those guilty of crimes against women

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.