Mbete 'disappointed' with male leaders who abuse women

Baleka Mbete says leaders should be exemplary and not be involved in human rights violations.

Baleka Mbete on the final day of the ANC national policy conference on 5 July 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) chairperson and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says that she’s disappointed in male leaders who abuse women.

She says leaders should be exemplary and not be involved in human rights violations.

Recently deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana appeared in court after admitting to assaulting a woman.

Manana, who is facing two counts of assault, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, was granted bail of R5,000.

Mbete says that something should be done about such abuses.

“Maybe we need to talk about whether people need to go for some training, for whatever type of way to deal with the problems that they are reflecting in the way of being also violent.”


Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says whether 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.

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.”

Additional reporting by Hitekani Magwedze.