Mbalula demands answers from Manana's police guards

Unacceptable! Deputy Minister forced to apologize after

Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana is due back in court on 13t September after appearing on assault charges on Thursday.

Mr Manana is alleged to have assaulted the woman during a row at the Cubana nightclub near the main city, Johannesburg, last Saturday.

"A flawless example of patriarchal protection, particularly for those in power, is that to this day Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana who admittedly assaulted a woman has not been arrested", said the EFF.

"The deputy minister is a known individual; he can not hide from the law". I have nothing against Minister Manana.

She said that was why the petition was calling on Zuma, who hires and fires ministers, to send a loud, clear message condemning Manana's actions by showing him the door.

Manana has apologised for the "shameful incident", saying that "regardless of the extreme provocation, I should have exercised restraint".

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Journalists asked Mbalula a number of questions about why it had taken five days for Manana to be arrested, why he still had police protection, and why he still held his position as deputy minister. "He'll be arrested", Mbalula told the broadcaster.

He maintained that, while he was disappointed, a person was innocent until proven guilty. "He is not a flight risk and as police, we do not mete out punishments, but secure suspects for court processes". And equally, that's a matter that concerns me, because the police that guard him are the police that report directly to me.

Mbalula said he would unveil a new programme of action on Friday to remove barriers to reporting domestic abuse crimes.

There were also many examples of perpetrators not being arrested within a significant amount of time, and it was evidence of a larger procedural problem, he claimed.

The woman shared photos of her bruised face on social media on Sunday morning, sparking uproar in the country.

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