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Deputy Minister Manana 'deeply' regrets Cubana incident

By Yolanda Palezweni - Aug 7, 2017
Deputy Minister Manana 'deeply' regrets Cubana incident

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mdudduzi Manana, on Monday apologised unreservedly to Ms Mandisa Duma, her family, the government of South Africa and all South Africans, and women in particular, for the incident that happened at Cubana Restaurant in Fourways over the weekend.  

This follows after the Deputy Minister and his friends allegedly beat up two women at the night spot.

It is alleged that Manana lost his cool after engagaging the women in a debate on who should succeed President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s elective conference in December.

However, Deputy Minister Manana apologized for his actions and said that regardless of the extreme provocation, he 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.

He added that, as a leader, he should have known better and acted better. 

“ I will subject myself fully to the process of the law and give it my full cooperation,” he said.

He further said that he notes the fake accounts that have been opened in his personal name, showing less remorse to the victim and intended to further tarnish his name.

“I also commit myself to, when the time is right, further engage with Ms Duma and her family to apologise, take responsibility and address the harm that has occurred,” Manana said.

He concluded that he will also meet with the ANC and President Zuma to give a full account of the incident.