Manana granted bail in assault case

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana has been granted R5,000 bail by the Randburg Magistrates Court.

The deputy minister made his first appearance in court on Thursday after admitting to assaulting Mandisa Duma at a Johannesburg nightclub at the weekend after she apparently called him gay during an argument.

Manana faces two counts of assault, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Assault is a schedule one offence.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority, Manana handed himself over to the Douglasdale police station earlier on Thursday.

The deputy minister’s lawyer argued that he should be released on bail because he has no pending cases against him or any criminal convictions.

After being granted bail Manana made his way back down to the holding cells, avoiding eye contact with those in the public gallery.

Activists against women abuse attended Thursday’s proceedings and maintain manana must be held behind bars.

He'll appear in court again on 13 September.

It appears Manana snuck into the court through a side entrance while a contingent of journalists waited for him at the front of the court house.

Manana walked through the corridors wearing a tailored, navy blue suit.

He was escorted by court officials.

A few women wearing T-shirts written "Not in my name" are also in court.

Calls have been mounting for Manana to be fired as deputy minister.

Duma claims Manana became angry when they disagreed with him on who should replace President Jacob Zuma in December. Manana then assaulted the woman.

In a statement released on Monday, Manana said he apologised unreservedly to Duma, her family and all South Africans for the incident.

He has also apologised to the Cubana nightclub and urged them to assist the police in their investigation.

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