Mandisa Duma has accused the Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana of beating her up.
The incident reportedly occurred at Club Cubana in Fourways during the early hours of Sunday.
The office of Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed that a case has been opened against deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana for an alleged assault against a woman at the weekend.
“The case was opened, and now the law needs to take its course,” Mbalula’s spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga told News24 on Monday.
The alleged incident happened at the Cubana in Fourways, Johannesburg in early hours of Sunday morning, according to alleged eyewitness accounts on social media.
A social media post shows images of the injuries Mandisa Duma suffered after the alleged assault.
Dep Min of Edu assulted my sister last night. This is not the kind of behavior we expect from "so-called leaders" It's disgusting!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/FLe7fykfMA
— IG : luyandaduma (@Luwanda_Duma) August 6, 2017
The deputy minister’s office could not be reached for comment on Sunday night and early on Monday morning.
The manager of the Cubana branch declined to comment to News24.
A social media post by SABC reporter Lumko Jimlongo said the incident occurred when the woman allegedly called Manana gay. Another post on social media said the incident allegedly occurred during a debate in Cubana over African National Congress leadership.
An alleged voice recording of a call purportedly with Manana also surfaced on social media.
The ANC Women’s League said in a statement on Monday morning that it noted the “disturbing reports alleging that the deputy minister… and his friends physically assaulted women at a pub in the past weekend”.