Deputy minister of higher education and training Mdu Manana has reportedly admitted that one of the men he was with at a club over the weekend slapped a woman at their party, at a club in Fourways in Johannesburg.
TimesLive obtained a recording where Manana can be heard saying, "There was a confrontation and a fight but the people who hit them were the guys I was travelling. When they got to the parking area they (the men) hit them."
On Sunday, TimesLive reported that a woman, Mandisa Duma, said she and two other women were hit by Manana and his friends at Cubana in Fourways. This was after a heated debate over who should replace President Jacob Zuma as president.
The woman posted an image of her bruises on social media.
The incident reportedly took place in the early hours of Sunday morning. Manana reportedly argued for deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Zuma, and Duma's cousin apparently tried to record him on her cellphone.
"His (Manana's) friend said that she must stop taking the video. Manana then ordered my cousin to stop taking the video. He then flipped and said: 'In fact‚ who are you people and why are you here?' and ordered us to leave," TimesLive reported.
It is alleged that Manana slapped her across the fact and assaulted her in the parking lot after that. While Manana admits that the incident took place in the recording, he denies that he was responsible.