Fire Manana and send a strong message to women-bashers – popular online petition

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Bonile Khanyi

More than 980 people have joined an online campaign calling for the Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana to be removed from his position.

The online petition, spearheaded by Amandla.mobi was launched on Monday after Manana allegedly assaulted Mandisa Duma and her friends at a popular Johannesburg nightclub on Sunday morning.

A case of assault has since been opened against Manana at the Douglasdale Police Station.

The petition said Manana should be fired in order to send a loud and clear message to would-be perpetrators.

“Mduduzi Manana must be dismissed if we want to send a clear message that when you strike a woman you strike a rock. It’s also worth noting that the Deputy Minister led dialogues on gender-based violence. Action against perpetrators of gender-based violence must be swift, we have had enough of hollow words. It’s time for action.” the petition reads.

The petition already had 988 signatures by 12pm on Tuesday.

Amandla.mobi is an independent and community-based advocacy organisation that fights for justice and vulnerable people.

On Tuesday Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said Manana’s arrest was imminent.

Mbalula urged South Africans to be patient as police investigated the matter.

“The fact of the matter is that there’s a whole process we needed to follow from the point of view of the victim and to look at the circumstances around that particular matter. An arrest is imminent, either today or any other time,” told the media.

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