Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana allegedly assaulted two women at Cubana in Fourways, Johannesburg on Sunday morning. In what started as a heated debate on who should replace President Jacob Zuma, Manana become angry and slapped a woman.

According to EWN, Manana admitted to the incident in a recorded telephone conversation between the deputy minister and the victim’s brother, which has been posted on social media. ‘My brother, when she swore at me and called me gay, I slapped her,’ the deputy minister admitted in Zulu, according to IOL. The brother of Mandisa Duma (alleged victim) asked Manana how he could hit a woman during 16 Days of Activism as minister of this country.

See the footage of the incident here, affirmed by an eyewitness and reported by Sowetan Live:

According to IOL, a witness reported that the bouncers and manager stood by and watched without intervening: ‘In the early hours of this morning [Sunday], I witnessed Deputy Higher Education Minister Manana go ape and beat up a defenceless woman because she allegedly called him gay.’

 

The ANC has released a statement,which includes: ‘The African National Congress calls upon our law-enforcement agencies to act without fear or favour to investigate these allegations and bring the perpetrators to book.’ According to police ministry spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga, a case of assault has been opened at the Douglasdale Police Station. While we continue to face a national crisis of violence against women in South Africa, the attitudes of Deputy Minister Manana and the bouncers who stood by and didn’t intervene, are extremely distressing. Calls for protection of women in our communities mean nothing when we have gender-based violence and assault from political leaders at the highest level.