Mduduzi Manana expected in court on assault charges

Manana faces two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for assaulting two women at a popular nightclub in August.

FILE: Former deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana is expected to appear in the Randburg magistrates court on Wednesday morning on assault charges.

Manana faces two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for assaulting two women at a popular nightclub in Fourways, north of Johannesburg in August.

Manana is currently out on R5,000 bail.

Manana admitted to slapping Mandisa Duma and another woman, but initially defended his actions by saying that he was provoked.

In a cellphone recording of Manana talking to Duma’s brothers shortly after the assault, he says that she called him gay.

He resigned from his position as deputy Higher Education Minister following intense pressure from various quarters, including some in his own party.

He remains an African National Congress MP.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)