'If I were Manana I would have resigned'

Speaking at Constitution Hill at the launch of an App to help women report gender-based violence, Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula said Mduduzi Manana's charges are serious.

FILE: Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says if he were in Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana's position, he would have resigned.

Manana assaulted a woman at a Johannesburg night club last weekend.

Calls have been made for him to be fired.

Speaking at Constitution Hill at the launch of an App to help women report gender-based violence, Mbalula says Manana's charges are serious.

“If a woman comes and says Mbalula you have raped me even if that woman could be a liar, but I should say on my own 'because I’ve got such a big accusation I will decide to step aside'. I don’t have to wait for the president to tell me ‘hey man, step down.’ I must just do it on my own.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)