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