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Dlamini: Some men within ANC have done far worse crimes than Manana

ANCWL President Bathabile Dlamini says men within the ANC can’t use the excuse of anger as a reason to abuse women and children.

ANC Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini addressing the crowd at the league’s gathering in Germiston. Picture: Twitter/@ANCWomensLeague

GERMISTON - ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) President Bathabile Dlamini says men within the African National Congress (ANC) must restrain themselves and that they can’t use the excuse of anger as a reason to abuse women and children.

Dlamini went on to say there are men in the ruling party who have committed acts far worse than Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana, but she stopped short of naming them.

She was speaking on the sidelines of the ANCWL’s gathering at the Germiston stadium.

Referring to the assault case against Manana, she says she won’t name and shame the men within the party who she knows have done far worse crimes than Manana.

Dlamini says the case of Mduduzi Manana and women abuse is not about targeting individuals.

She says it’s about fighting patriarchy and violence against women.

“Once you start doing that, men are going to close ranks. And therefore, ours is to fight patriarchy and violence against women.”

She says it’s time for leaders in the ANC to come clean on these issues.

“The time has come for them to know that if they want to be our leaders they should be clean when it comes to the issues of women.”

Dlamini says someone needs to account for the many lives of women in South Africa lost on a daily basis.

MANANA FACING TWO COUNTS OF ASSAULT

There have been more allegations of assault and abuse against Manana.

The Sunday Times reported that Manana is being accused of being abusive towards his former secretary and other employees.

Manana is facing two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Manana was granted R5,000 bail at the Randburg magistrates court on Thursday where he appeared on two counts of assault.

He admitted to assaulting Mandisa Duma at a Fourways nightclub last weekend after she apparently called him gay.

A former employee in Manana’s office claims he has a long history of aggression and gross abuse of his staff which stretches back at least five years.

Meanwhile, the Not in My Name movement of men against women abuse says South Africans should reject Manana as a leader.

WATCH: 'Manana will face the full wrath of the law'

Additional reporting by Kgomotso Modise.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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