July 15, 2018

Mbalula says Manana 'innocent until proven otherwise'

11 August 2017, 07:33 | Dale Webster

Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana Launching The Ekurhuleni East Tvet College Daveyton Campus on 26 May 2017

Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana Launching The Ekurhuleni East Tvet College Daveyton Campus on 26 May 2017

"Arrests need to be done procedurally", Mbalula said.

This is not common practice and will fuel claims that Mr Manana is receiving preferential treatment because he is a senior member of the government, the BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg says.

Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana, was granted R5 000 bail by the Randburg Magistrates' Court on 10 August. And if that's the case, what about police action with regards to the tens of thousands of other women beaten, assaulted, raped and murdered in South Africa?

It appears he entered the court through the parking entrance for staff.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula addresses the media at a briefing in Parliament.

The minister said the matter was reported to him on Twitter and he said he followed up immediately.

As for Manana's delayed arrest, Mbalula claimed the police needed to first obtain evidence beyond social media reports, so that the suspect would have a full docket when making his first appearance in court.

He says Manana will not be treated with kid gloves, but that only President Jacob Zuma can decide whether he stays in his post.

He said Manana's admission of guilt on tape was part of the evidence gathered, along with witness statements. "While we take into account the principles of innocent until proven guilty, the ANCWL is resolute in supporting the victims of violence and wishes to reiterate this position".

Journalists argued that that, in itself, was evidence of treating someone differently. It was in his and the public's interest to get involved and find out what happened.

In an "unreserved" apology to Mandisa and her family on Monday, Manana said he would co-operate
fully with the legal process.

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

"There is something wrong in terms of the administering of justice at a police station level".

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