Dlodlo: Manana's fate in Zuma's hands

Politicians and gender activists have been calling for the deputy minister to resign following a video of him assaulting a woman in Fourways.

Former deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana. Picture: City of Ekurhuleni.

JOHANNESBURG - Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says whether deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana should resign following an assault case opened against him was not part of the Cabinet's discussions, as the decision lies with the president.

Politicians and gender activists have been calling for the deputy minister to resign following a video of him assaulting a woman in Fourways.

Manana appeared before the Randburg magistrates court recently on assault charges.

Dlodlo says that the Cabinet avoided discussing Manana's assault case as it is in court.

“So, we did not discuss on whether or not he should step down and whether or not he should be fired. That really resides in the ambit of the work of the president of the republic.”

She says that the Cabinet did, however, condemn the assault on women and called for more support for victims.

“The issue of gender violence and what process and legislation that this government has put in place to afford an opportunity for people to lay charges but also be given the necessary support.”

Manana has since been granted R5000 bail.