Following backlash against Shevolution’s move to involve former ANC MP Mduduzi Manana on its anti-gender-based violence programme, the group insists he is a good fit for the initiative.
The organisers of an anti-gender-based violence event are defending their decision to have former higher education Minister Mduduzi Manana included as one of its speakers.
Shevolution Africa is hosting a gala dinner scheduled to take place on Saturday, 11 August 2018 to help raise funds for the Eastern Cape woman who stabbed one of her daughter’s rapists to death.
Manana’s inclusion in the event sparked outrage amongst social media users, after the event’s flyer was circulated online, with many calling for the former MP to be removed from the panel, citing his story with assaulting woman.
The group said it wanted a balanced debate on violence against women and found him to be a relevant participant in the dialogue and is also urging the public to grant him the space to be a part of the solution to the scourge.
Manana pleaded guilty to assaulting three women at a Johannesburg night club last year and was ordered to pay a R100,000 fine. Manana later resigned as an ANC MP just a day before he was scheduled to appear before Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests over the matter.
The former minister’s domestic worker Christine Wiro accused him of pushing her down a flight of stairs and threatening to use his influence to have her deported back to her native Zimbabwe, back in May. The former MP is said to have offered her R100,000 in exchange for her dropping the charges, and would later threaten to lay extortion charges against her.
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