Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister, Mduduzi Manana, has apologised following reports of an assault which took place in the early hours on Sunday morning.
“I wish to apologise unreservedly to Mandisa Duma, her family, the government of South Africa and all South Africans, and women in particular, for the incident that happened at Cubana restaurant in Fourways over the weekend,” Deputy Minister Manana said in a statement on Monday.
The Deputy Minister said that regardless of the extreme provocation, he should have exercised restraint, and that the “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.
“I also commit myself, when the time is right, to further engage with Duma and her family to apologise, take responsibility and address the harm that has occurred. I will also meet with my organisation, the ANC, and President Zuma to give a full account of the incident,” the Deputy Minister said.
He further noted the fake accounts that have been opened in his personal name, showing less remorse to the victim and intended to further tarnish his name.
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