Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Bathabile Dlamini, has noted media reports of an altercation between Member of Parliament (MP) Mduduzi Manana and domestic worker Catherine Wiro.
In a statement on Wednesday, Minister Dlamini denounced violence against women. This as media reported on Monday that the former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training had been abusive towards Wiro.
“We categorically denounce and are against any form of violence against women under whatever circumstances. The fight against gender-based violence remains our fundamental commitment,” said the Minister.
It was alleged that Wiro opened and withdrew a case of assault, crimen injuria and intimidation against Manana.
Minister Dlamini said she is aware that the former Deputy Minister on Monday issued a statement in which he announced his intention to file a legal suit against the Wiro family for extortion as they demanded an amount of R100 000.
“The public altercation between Ms Wiro and Mr Manana presents a serious cause for concern for a number of reasons. The allegations of violence have resurfaced against Mr Manana, who as a leader, has been entrusted by the public to represent them at the Parliament of the Republic.
“Such a leader must therefore live his life as a living reflection of the aspirations of our Constitution. At the same time, we are concerned by allegations of extortion levelled against the Wiro family by Mr Manana,” said Minister Dlamini.
The altercation comes against the historical background of the MP’s plea of guilt, in September 2017, to assaulting three women. He was subsequently sentenced to 12 months in prison or a R100 000 fine, as well as 500 hours of community service. Manana was also to undergo counselling to address the underlying causes of his violent behaviour against women.
Minister Dlamini urged all parties involved in the matter to submit themselves to law enforcement processes.
“The Department and Ministry of Women remains committed to improving the social-economic conditions of all women in South Africa. As such, we encourage women throughout the country to continue to report crimes that threaten their chances at enjoying the liberties bestowed upon them by our hard-earned Constitution.
“We also urge the Security Cluster in general and the Police in particular to address allegations of violence on Women as a matter of urgency,” said the Minister.