PARLIAMENT - The Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete on Wednesday voiced concern about the latest assault allegations against African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Mduduzi Manana and said she would ask Parliament's ethics committee to include these in an ongoing probe that was sparked by his earlier assault conviction.
Mbete said it was commendable that the National Prosecuting Authority was investigating his assault of his Zimbabwean domestic worker, despite the fact that she had withdrawn a complaint to the police.
"Violence, especially violence against women and children and the vulnerable in our society, is a scourge which we must combat without compromise. Often the survivors of violence, especially domestic violence, drop complaints which they lodge with the police. This occurs for various reasons."
She said though Manana must be considered innocent until proven guilty, he was subject to the parliamentary code of ethical conduct designed to hold them to a standard of propriety and integrity.
"The purpose is to create public trust and confidence. It requires, among others, that Members of Parliament uphold the law and promote and support ethical conduct by leadership and example," the Speaker said.