IThe ANC leadership on Monday was anxiously waiting in Cape Town for deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana to arrive so that he can explain the assault allegations levelled against him.
"Since the incident, we have been trying to get hold of him but all attempts have been fruitless," African National Congress spokesman Zizi Kodwa told HuffPost SA on Monday.
"We are hoping that he will land in Cape Town this afternoon with other members of Parliament who are coming for the [Vote of No Confidence] sitting [on Tuesday]. We are here, waiting for him. We need to talk to him."
The party had not been able to get a hold of Manana.
Kodwa said no determination had been made yet as to what disciplinary measures would be taken against him for the incident at Cubana in Fourways on Sunday night.
Twitter users have called on Police minister Fikile Mbalula to arrest and charge his comrade.
Manana is alleged to have assaulted Mandisa Duma.
In an interview with SAfm, Mandisa's brother, Phesheya Duma said she sustained bruises, a broken rib and was struggling to walk.
Mandisa took to Twitter to share photos of her injuries.
Dep Min of Edu assulted my sister last night. This is not the kind of behavior we expect from "so-called leaders" It's disgusting!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/FLe7fykfMA— IG : luyandaduma (@Luwanda_Duma) August 6, 2017
In a recording of a phone call between Manana and Phesheya, obtained by TimesLive, Manana can be heard saying: "I slapped her while we were still inside the club".
Mbalula's office has since confirmed that a case has been opened and is being investigated. His spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga told News24 that the law needs to take its course.
Mbalula also responded on Twitter:
The law must take its course. We are clear when it comes to gender-based violence. The victim must get out protection. Good morning— RSA Police Minister (@MbalulaFikile) August 7, 2017
But tweeps were not having it.
Say "wanya tsotsi" to show that you mean it— الحمد سنة ككك (@bronmap) August 7, 2017
His resignation letter must be ready because we are coming for him. Why be bothered if he knows he's not gay ?😡— Pat_zn (@Pat_Owam) August 7, 2017
Morning Sir! I trust that; just like those cops who watched as Uber driver was attacked, the DP bodyguards will face music too .— Jarvis Jin (@jarvisjaen) August 7, 2017
Kodwa has condemned the incident and called for justice to be served.
"This does not represent the ANC," Kodwa told 702.
"It's unfortunate that this happened on women's month and was perpetuated by someone who is in a position of leadership. We are disappointed and concerned by the fact that he initially denied his involvement".Suggest a correction