Commission for Gender Equality: Dismiss Manana from office

Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana giving remarks during a visit to the community of Soshanguve.Halala Community Hall, Block H, Soshanguve, Pretoria.03/10/2015

JOHANNESBURG – The Commission for Gender Equality has described government’s reaction to Mduduzi Manana’s assault on a woman as making a mockery of woman abuse.

The deputy Higher Education Minister was released on R5,000 bail last week after a video of him assaulting the woman at a night club in Johannesburg went viral on social media.

The commission says it decided out of its own accord to investigate the case against Manana, saying that it is disappointed that government’s response wasn’t enough.

The spokesperson for the commission, Jabu Baloyi, says they want Manana to be dismissed.

“We’re calling on the president and let him be dismissed from office because that will send a very strong message.”

On African National Congress Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini’s remarks that there are other government officials who were guilty of more serious crimes, Baloyi says Dlamini must simply report this to the police.

“The minister can approach us and give the info and also go to the police and report that she knows of certain people who are doing worse than Manana.”

He says the government must use this issue to show the country that it is serious about violence against women.

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