Abusers not welcome in the ANC, says Dlamini

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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini appears before Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on March 07, 2017 in Cape Town.

JOHANNESBURG - Social media has erupted in anger over ANC Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini's comments that some ANC leaders are worse than Mduduzi Manana.

She said it's time men within the governing party came clean about incidents of abuse.

She refused to divulge names of the leaders.

Dlamini says the Deputy Higher Education Minister's assault case is being politicised.

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Video footage emerged of Manana assaulting women who allegedly called him gay at a Fourways night club.

The ANC Women's League also criticised a Sunday Times reporter, accusing him and the paper of attempting to make Dlamini irrelevant when it comes to issues affecting women.

Dlamini gave an interview to the paper, and was seen as supporting Manana.

She has however denied this, saying abusers aren't welcome within the party.

"If you are a leader you must be able to retrain yourself. We are not going to take an excuse of anger because you are a leader and you must lead by example," she said.