Fikile Mbalula and Shawn Abrahams are making headlines this morning for not arresting the Deputy Minister who admitted and apologised for assaulting a woman, Mandisa Duma, at Cubaña Restaurant in Fourways over the weekend.

There is a confusion between the police and NPA over who should make the call to arrest Mduduzi Manana may have kept him out of jail yesterday.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said that the matter has to be decided by the NPA once the docket had been received. She claimed the NPA had not received the docket by 4pm yesterday.

Police ministry spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga insisted the NPA had the authority to decide on arresting and prosecuting Manana.

“The investigation is at an advanced stage. The docket has been given to the prosecutor to give a decision,” said Mhaga.

A case of common assault was opened at the Douglasdale Police Station by Duma and her cousin Thando Mahlaba, 29. Both Duma and Mahlaba were assaulted early on Sunday morning after a verbal exchange over the ANC succession debate and allegedly calling Manana gay.

 

Manana released an unreserved apology to Duma, her family, the government and women in particular as public outrage swelled yesterday.

“Regardless of the extreme provocation, I should have exercised restraint. That shameful incident should not have happened. I know that my actions and those of the people in my company have disappointed and hurt many people in the country.

“As a leader, I should have known better and acted better. I will subject myself fully to the process of the law and give it my full co-operation,” said Manana.

Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula said police must be given space to investigate the case.

“No one is above the law, irrespective of their position in society,” said Mbalula.