Manana: Assault victim's brother speaks, opposition parties call for resignation

The brother of a woman attacked by Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana at a nightclub in Johannesburg on Sunday morning says his sister is traumatised by the incident.

A sound clip believed to be the voice of the deputy minister can be heard admitting to slapping Mandisa Duma.

In the clip, her brother Phesheya Duma is heard threatening Manana.

It is that understood Mandisa Duma had been involved in a heated debate with Manana and a group of friends over who should replace President Jacob Zuma in December.

At least three women are believed to have been attacked by Manana at the Cubana night club in Fourways.

READ: Witness describes how Manana pulled woman’s hair, trampled on her

Duma says he had left his sister at the club when the altercation occurred and claims eyewitnesses were afraid to intervene.

My sister's decided to stay, once they decided to stay I think at about 3 an argument ensued... he then slapped one of them. They followed behind them in the parking lot until I think he is an SABC journalist came to intervene.

Pheshaya Duma

Everyone was too scared to intervene saying that he has a gun and he is not afraid to use it. He is known to be quite erratic and short tempered.

Pheshaya Duma

The police department has confirmed a case of assault has been opened against deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana.

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Meanwhile opposition parties have reacted to the claims, with the Democratic Alliance calling on him to apologise and immediately resign.

Eyewitness News reporter Mia Lindeque has more.

Strong criticism from political parties, civil society, woman's rights groups but the ANC has taken a strong stance condemning it. The EFF is calling for Manana to hand himself in.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

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