Manana has ‘taken full responsibility’ and ‘shown remorse’ — Mthembu

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu says former MP Mduduzi Manana’s resignation from Parliament indicated that he was someone who took full responsibility for his actions and that he showed remorse.

The embattled former deputy minister announced his voluntary resignation in a statement on Tuesday afternoon and said that he felt “exonerated” by the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to not prosecute him for alleged abuse.

READ MORE: Manana withdraws from Parly to focus on his political organisation

Manana was accused of attempting to push his domestic worker Christine Wiro down a flight of stairs in May, and later of attempting to bribe her — allegations he denied.

On Wednesday, Mthembu said the party received Manana’s resignation letter late on Tuesday and it was effective immediately.

“His voluntary resignation from Parliament, coupled with his resignation from the executive in 2017, is indicative of someone who has taken full responsibility and has shown remorse for his actions relating to his involvement in a gender-based violence case, where a court of law found him guilty,” Mthembu said in a statement.

“We further note his public statement to the effect of actively participating in campaigns and initiatives to fight any form of gender-based violence and these initiatives have our full support.”

Tactic to avoid accountability

“We wish Comrade Manana well with all his future endeavours,” he finished.

On Tuesday, Manana claimed the charges against him were part of a “political smear campaign”.

However, on Tuesday, Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen said Manana’s resignation was a tactic to avoid full accountability.

Manana was supposed to appear before Parliament’s joint committee on ethics and members’ Interests on Wednesday — an appearance he will no longer have to make.

“Now he seems to have jumped before being pushed, resigning less than 24 hours before having to face the ethics committee,” Steenhuisen said in a statement.

“If Parliament cannot hold Manana, a convicted abuser, to account then it is up to his party, the ANC, to hold him accountable.”

Cubana assault

Steenhuisen added that if the ANC was truly serious about bringing an end to the scourge of violence against women and children, it would refer Manana to its internal ethics committee and remove him from all positions he currently holds in the party, including his membership of the ANC’s national executive committee.

He also rubbished Manana’s decision to donate a portion of his pension to charitable causes, saying that it would not undo the emotional and physical harm suffered by his victims.

In a separate incident, Manana was convicted of three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in September 2017.

Video footage emerged of Manana assaulting a woman at Cubana in Fourways, Johannesburg, on August 6, 2017, which went viral on social media and sparked demands for his arrest.

He admitted during court proceedings that he also assaulted two others, saying the women had called him “isitabane”, a term used to derogatively refer to gay people.

The Randburg Magistrate’s Court ordered Manana to pay a R100 000 fine, or face 12 months in jail for the Cubana incident.

He was also ordered to complete 500 hours of community service, complete a rehabilitation programme and pay the victims a total of R26 680.46. — News24

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Paul Herman
Paul Herman works from London. London based Songwriter/Producer. Paul has written songs for Artists like Dido, Emeli Sande, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eminem, Izzy Bizu, Raleigh Ritchie... Paul Herman has over 260 followers on Twitter.

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

Tunisia struggles to grow more wheat as Ukraine war bites

Since the Ukraine war sent global cereal prices soaring, import-dependent Tunisia has announced a push to grow all its own durum wheat, the basis for local staples like couscous and pasta.

Democracy under serious and sustained attack from within the US

Far-right Republicans and the conservative supreme court are working on a carefully laid plan to turn the US into a repressive regime

Grilling for UK leader Boris Johnson after top ministers quit

The prime minister has faced lawmakers' questions after two of the most senior figures in his government resigned. The finance and health ministers said they could no longer tolerate the culture of scandal

Declare an ‘energy emergency’, says National Planning Commission

The commission said the goals of the National Development Plan, which it is charged with advancing, ‘cannot be achieved without energy security’

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…