'Extremely provoked' Manana says sorry to assault victim
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Beleaguered Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana has issued an apology to the woman he assaulted at a nightclub in Johannesburg.
Manana said in a statement that he was "extremely provoked" but would subject himself to the law.
"I wish to apologise unreservedly to Ms Mandisa Duma, her family, the government of South Africa and all South Africans, and women in particular, for the incident that happened at Cubana in Fourways over the weekend.
"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 co-operation."
We can only hope that SAPS & the Minister arrest Manana ASAP
Here's a vid that may help pic.twitter.com/qxTssPeL7c
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) August 7, 2017
He added that several fake social media accounts had been opened in his 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 organisation, the ANC and President Zuma to give a full account of the incident."
— IOL News (@IOL) August 7, 2017
The incident reportedly happened early Sunday morning following a heated argument about the ANC's succession debate. The woman allegedly called Manana gay before the alleged assault ensued.
The assault reportedly continued outside in a parking lot. Duma said she reported the assault at the Douglasdale police station. Photographs showing bruises on her head, neck and leg were posted on social media on Sunday night.