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Manana no flight risk‚ that's why he was not arrested immediately: Mbalula

Manana no flight risk‚ that's why he was not arrested immediately: Mbalula

Manana has today been charged with two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, facing such serious charges is all the more reasons why he can not remain an active member of Cabinet and must therefore be fired.

The minister appeared briefly in Randburg Magistrate's court Thursday and found his case was postponed to Sept 13 by magistrate Liesel Davids. "I have noted that many in society would prefer for the Minister of Police to carry handcuffs and cuff up any suspect", he said.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has drawn widespread criticism from members of the public and gender activists over the police's failure to arrest Manana.

This assault is a shocking indictment on Manana and he must now face the full might of the law.

"Arrests need to be done procedurally", Mbalula said.

A video of the beating as well as photos of a bruised Mandisa sparked outrage on social media this week. From the moment the matter was reported via Twitter - we made a follow up and unleashed the police on that.

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Speaking in Khayelitsha‚ Cape Town‚ where he was visiting the family of a young woman allegedly beaten to death by her boyfriend‚ Mbalula said Manana's "flashy suits" would not save him.

"Arrest is not a form of punishment", the minister added.

Witnesses to the events on the night would have been asked to give statements, which would have included Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela, who was seen in pictures taken on the night before the incident, he also said.

The minister evaded journalists who had gathered at the entrance of the court by using a side entrance.

We can not continue to normalise and perpetuate violence against women.


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