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TAC: Retaining Manana would be an insult to Constitution

The human rights organisation says if Mduduzi Manana is allowed to continue serving as deputy Higher Education Minister it would be an insult to the country’s Constitution.

FILE: Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana. Picture: City of Ekurhuleni.

JOHANNESBURG - Human rights organisation Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says that if Mduduzi Manana is allowed to continue serving as deputy Higher Education Minister, it would be an insult to the country’s Constitution.

Manana assaulted Mandisa Duma in the early hours of Sunday at a Fourways nightclub following an argument in which she made comments about his sexual orientation.

Police say the case of assault has now been handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

On Monday, Manana apologised, saying that regardless of the extreme provocation, he should’ve exercised restraint.

The TAC’s Anele Yawa says that Manana must also be removed from campaigns he’s involved in that aim to empower women.

“Because should he continue being involved on issues that talk about young girls and LGBT community, it means we’re insulting the public.”

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma says he is “disturbed” by allegations that Manana assaulted a woman.

In a short statement, Zuma said violence against women is a priority crime for the government.

'MEN WHO THINK THEY'RE BETTER'

Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu says the assault of a woman by Manana is a reflection of “how men think they are better.”

Shabangu says the incident is unacceptable and nothing can ever justify such behaviour.

“It’s so brutal and mean. It’s a reflection of patriarchy, a reflection of how men who think they are better and who believe they’ve got a right to reprimand women.”

She says club goers and staff who witnessed the assault and didn’t stop Manana are equally responsible for the violence.

In a message to Duma, the minister says she must never think she did anything wrong.

😢💔 #HasHeResignedYet? 😡 #WhatA🍆 #Repost @mangwanya ・・・ Happy Women's Month ❤️

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Additional reporting by Kgomotso Modise.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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