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Mthembu: Manana must account for no confidence vote absence

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has rejected deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana’s apology for assaulting a woman.

Former deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana. Picture: City of Ekurhuleni.

JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has rejected deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana’s apology for assaulting a woman, saying his behaviour is a reflection of a deeper problem that affects society.

Manana has admitted to slapping Mandisa Duma at the Cubana nightclub in Fourways, north of Johannesburg over the weekend.

The deputy minister has admitted to the assault and apologised.

Meanwhile, Manana was not present in Parliament on Tuesday for the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says all those who weren’t present will have to account.

“He will have to account to the Chief Whip and many others that did not present themselves, except those that we had apologies from who asked to be excused. But there are still those who will have to account to the Chief Whip.”

At the same time, Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) will hold a picket outside the provincial police headquarters in Cape Town, calling for more to be done to address violence against women and children.

The protesters will also demand the immediate arrest of Manana.

Cosatu’s Lumka Tamboer says: “Cosatu is still very outraged about the assault and we want the police to take it very seriously and we need an arrest to be done. you can’t be going around beating people, especially as a figure that he is.”

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