By Mbali Sibiya
Deputy higher education minister, Mduduzi Manana has apologised for assaulting a woman at a Johannesburg night club over the weekend.
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.
In the statement, Manana said he wishes to apologise “unreservedly” to the victim of the attack, her family, the government of South Africa, and all South Africans, and women in particular for the incident.
He said: “Regardless of the extreme provocation, I should have exercised restraint. That shameful incident should not have happened. I know that my actions and those of the people in my company have disappointed and hurt many people in the country. As a leader, I should have known better and acted better. I will subject myself fully to the process of the law and give it my full cooperation.”
he goes on: “I further note the fake accounts that have been opened in my personal name, showing less remorse to the victim and intended to further tarnish my name.
“I also commit myself to, when the time is right, further engage with Ms Duma and her family to apologise, take responsibility and address the harm that has occurred.
“I will also meet with my organization, the ANC, and President Zuma to give a full account of the incident.”
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.