Zuma: Women abusers must be prosecuted

President Jacob Zuma is under pressure to act against Mduduzi Manana who admitted to slapping a woman at a nightclub in Fourways.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says anybody who abuses women, regardless of their position, must face the full might of the law.

Zuma was speaking at government's official Women's Day event in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

He's under pressure to act against Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana who admitted to slapping a woman at the Cubana nightclub in Fourways over the weekend.

Manana has twice apologised to Mandisa Duma, South Africans and the nightclub.

The President says those who abuse women need to be prosecuted and police have been directed to treat women and child abuse cases as priority crimes.

“We need to prosecute those who abuse women. They must not buy their way of remaining out of prison by giving money. South Africa must be safe for women and children.”

Zuma has highlighted the progress made in recent years to empower women but also the challenges of ongoing abuse.

At the same time, Cosatu National Treasurer Freda Oosthuysen has labelled the assault by the Deputy Higher Education Minister a disgrace.

Oosthuysen joined scores of demonstrators outside police offices in Greenpoint in Cape Town earlier, calling for more protection of women and children.

She says Manana should have already been arrested.

“I think he should have been arrested, even though he says he was provoked. All the eyes are on him because people recognise him and they know him. On that basis, he could have handled that situation better.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)