JOHANNESBURG – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says cabinet ministers should be above reproach.
Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana is due back in court on 13 September after appearing on assault charges on Thursday.
Manana appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court after handing himself over to the police.
He faces two counts of assault after an altercation at a Johannesburg nightclub on Sunday.
He has admitted to assaulting Mandisa Duma.
There has been public outrage since it emerged that Manana and his friends attacked the woman, with many calling for his immediate arrest.
Mbalula said the case against Manana was "very disappointing".
"We expect individuals like him to act as ambassadors in fighting violence against women but nonetheless everyone is presumed innocent until proven otherwise and nobody is above the law that is guaranteed in our jurisprudence.'
"And I can assure you that Manana will not be treated with kid gloves. He would face the rough of the law."