One of the women who claims to have been assaulted by deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana has spoken exclusively to eNCA about the incident.
JOHANNESBURG -The ANC has urged police to investigate allegations of assault against deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana.
Manana has been accused of being part of a group of men who kicked and punched three women at a popular Johannesburg nightspot in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A case of assault has been opened at the Douglasdale police station close to where the incident took place.
The ANC says the probe should be carried out without fear or favour and has labelled Manana’s behaviour as unacceptable.
“Regardless of the circumstances or the identity of the perpetrator or victim, violence against women is the shame of our times and inimical to the call the ANC has consistently made that we seek a South Africa where ‘a young woman in the middle of the night, can walk alone without the fear of assault, attack or rape, going back home from wherever she comes from.’ Achieving this vision requires 365 days of action against violence against women and amongst others, societal leaders that lead by example,” the governing party said in a statement.
ANCWL urges witnesses to come forward
The ANC Women's League said it condemns violence against women and perpetrators must face the full might of the law.
“Whilst we take into account the principles of innocent until proven guilty, the ANCWL is resolute in supporting the victims of violence and wishes to reiterate this position,” the league said.
“Based on media reports, we are led to believe that a case has been reported to the police and we urge all witnesses to come forward to assist law enforcement agencies in resolving the matter.
“All shall be equal before the law and we are hoping for a fair and just trial as no one is above the law. As we mark the 61st anniversary of the women's month, society must unite against the scourge of violence against women and children. Women's Rights are Human Rights.”
Police minister reacts
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said he no-one is above the law and that he takes allegations against Manana very serious.
Mbalula added that the protection of women and vulnerable groups are a priority in his ministry.
He maintains that victims of abuse and gender based violence who go to police stations with cases of assault must be treated as genuine victims.
"Women deserve love and protection from all of us. The police must be given space to investigate this case without fear or favour, no one is above the law irrespective of their position in society,” Mbalula said.
Mbalula further stated that he expects that police will proactively give feedback to the victim