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Manana Tries To Justify Why He Resorted To Violence

'When she swore at me and said I am gay, I hit her, I slapped her."

07/08/2017 10:26 SAST | Updated 07/08/2017 13:38 SAST
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Higher education deputy minister Mduduzi Manana on Monday tried to justified his violent action after allegedly assaulting a woman at a popular restaurant in Fourways.

Manana admitted the incident took place on the Xolani Gwala's show on Radio 702 on Monday but denied responsibility.

He was charged with assault on Monday after a sound clip made the rounds on social media. Manana has admitted to slapping a woman at Cubana and said he resorted to violence because the victim had called him gay.

Listen to the sound clip here

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa told Radio 702 he was concerned that the deputy minister had admitted to the incident.

"The ANC condemns this situation, we are disappointed. These actions do not represent the ANC and the reaction itself is homophobic. The fact he has not denied these claims is a concern in itselfHe condemned Manana's actions."

The ANC condemns this situation, we are disappointed. These actions do not represent the ANC and the reaction itself is homophobic. The fact he has not denied these claims is a concern in itselfZizi Kodwa

Eyewitness Lumko Jimlongo told EWN that he tried in vain to stop Manana from assaulting Duma.

'You can't be doing this. I don't care what the woman may or may not have done," Jimlongo told Manana.

'He claimed that Manana's response was: "who do you think you are and what do you think you can do to me?'.

Kodwa said the ANC was trying to locate Manana but could not find him.

He was scheduled to be in Cape Town ahead of the vote of no confidence.

According to EWN, photos of Mandisa Duma's injuries went viral on social media on Monday morning.

No arrests have yet been made. It is alleged that Manana slapped Duma across the face in Cubana's parking lot.

We will issue a formal statement later this morning. No one is above the law and women remain our number one priority in terms of protection." Vuyo Mhaga, police ministry spokesman

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