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Govt accused of treating Manana with kid gloves

The Commission for Gender Equality says it decided out of its own accord to investigate the case against Mduduzi Manana.

FILE: Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana at the North West University. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Commission for Gender Equality says it’s not happy with how government has responded to Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana's assault on two women, accusing government of treating him with kid gloves.

Manana was released on R5,000 bail last week after a video of him assaulting Mandisa Duma at a nightclub in Johannesburg went viral on social media.

The commission says it decided out of its own accord to investigate the case against Manana.

Even after government was aware that Manana confessed to assaulting the woman and a video of the assault emerged, it didn’t announce any action that would be taken against him, except to condemn the violence and urge those with information on the matter to co-operate with authorities.

Spokesperson for the Commission for Gender Equality Jabu Baloyi believes government’s response wasn’t enough.

“We’re not happy. The mixed signals being sent by political leaders, they are not helping the situation. More so, it’s also undermining the institution that’s supposed to be investigating and undermining the voices of women out there.”

The commission says it will still investigate the Democratic Alliance’s complaint on the matter since the opposition party wants the scope of the investigation to be broadened and include the alleged abuse of Manana’s staff reported in the Sunday Times.

Another woman claims Manana assaulted her when she tried to intervene in Duma's beating by the deputy minister.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)