Yesterday, the ANC Youth League, the DA, Young Communist League (YCLSA) and civil society organisations called on Manana to resign, while the Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Bathabile Dlamini, yesterday said Manana must live his life to reflect the aspirations of the constitution.
The calls came after a weekend altercation where it is alleged that Manana shoved his 53-year-old domestic worker, Catherine Wiro, down the stairs. Charges were initially laid, but later withdrawn.
Dlamini said Manana remains innocent until proven otherwise. “We therefore welcome the National Prosecuting Authority’s investigation of the assault complaint which Mr Manana’s domestic worker lodged and trust it will be concluded speedily.
“The police’s exercising of their responsibility to continue the investigation is commendable, despite Mr Manana’s domestic worker dropping the complaint she initially laid.”
Dlamini said violence, especially violence against women and children, and the vulnerable in society is a scourge that must be combated without compromise.
“Parliament has a code of ethical conduct for Members of Parliament. The code, intended to provide a framework of reference for MPs discharging their duties and responsibilities, outlines the minimum ethical standards of behaviour that South Africans expect of their public representatives.
“These standards include upholding propriety, integrity and ethical values in their conduct. The purpose is to create public trust and confidence,” Dlamini said.
On Monday, Manana issued a statement in which he announced his intention to “file a legal suit against the Wiro family for extortion for demanding R100000.
“The new allegations levelled against me are unfortunate and malicious,” he said.
Last September, Manana was convicted on three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after he pleaded guilty.
The charges related to the assault of three women at Cubana in Fourways on August 6, 2017, which was filmed and went viral on social media.
The ANCYL said it wanted to join many leading South African voices in condemning the unrepentant behaviour of Manana.
“Manana’s behaviour or actions are not only in direct opposition to the ANC’s values, principles and revolutionary morality but they are unjustifiable, barbaric and inhumane.”
The YCLSA said they were disgusted by Manana’s behaviour. “A man who has made it his trademark to abuse women at will because he is connected, doesn't deserve our respect,” the league said.
“His xenophobic remarks to his domestic worker prove that he hired a poor migrant woman so that he could abuse her, knowing very well that he could always use the fact that she is Zimbabwean at any given time; which is why he saw it important to mention her nationality.
“This is the reality of many migrant workers, especially women, with their employers.”
The DA said it will add these allegations against Manana to their complaint to Parliament’s ethics committee.
“The DA also takes note of Manana’s stated intention to file a legal suit against the Wiro family and sees this as potentially another bullying tactic.”