ANC says it needs to conduct its own probe before acting against Manana
The ANC’s Integrity Commission says it needs to conduct its own investigation before it can act against Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana‚ who on Thursday appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on charges of assault.
Chairperson Andrew Mlangeni said that before steps could be taken against Manana the commission had to find out whether the assault allegations were true or not.
This is despite Manana releasing a statement on Monday apologising for slapping Mandisa Duma during an altercation at Cubana in Fourways‚ Johannesburg‚ at the weekend.
Manana also admitted to hitting her in an audio recording of a conversation with her brother‚ Phesheya.
"This matter just happened a few days ago so we don’t know what is happening and [we] have not investigated as yet. We have to find out first and make our own investigation - look into many things such as finding out if it's true or not true‚ where‚ when and under what conditions - before we can take any action against anybody‚" said Mlangeni.
Manana made his first court appearance at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm for allegedly assaulting Duma‚ her cousin and a friend.
Magistrate Liesel Davids granted Manana bail of R5‚000 bail. His bail conditions include that he in no way try to contact the victims.
Mlangeni said although the media had covered this matter extensively‚ the commission would not just rely on media reports.
"We don’t just rely on what the media says. If there's something that has happened‚ we then make our own investigation [using] our own machinery to do that. We read reports in the newspaper about our own member and on the basis of that‚ we conduct our own investigation.
"He's making things easy for everybody by admitting but my committee has to meet first and decide what to do‚ I don’t just decide on my own‚” Mlangeni said.
Meanwhile‚ ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the national office had no business interfering in Manana's matter because Manana was not a member of the party's national and provincial executive committee.
He referred TimesLIVE to the Mpumalanga structures.
"He's not a member of any PEC (provincial executive committee)‚ he has a branch in Ermelo so [you] must talk to them about it‚" said Mantashe.
Manana will appear again in court on September 13.