South African minister allegedly beat up a woman who called him gay

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Deputy Education Minister Mduduzi Manana faces assault charges after an argument with a woman in a nightclub of Johannesburg. Police have said they are investigating the incident after a video leaked, apparently between Mr Manana and another man who is reportedly a brother of that woman. Mr Manana has apologised for the “shameful incident” which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning. He admits guilt and says he should not have responded to the provocation that way. In the leaked video, the man, who is believed to be Mr Manana, admits he slapped the woman after she “accused him of being gay”, reports the BBC. The apology from Mr Manana extended “to the victim, her family… and all South Africans”. He said he wanted to speak with the victim personally to “address the harm that has occurred”. According to local media reports, the row broke out over who should succeed South African President Jacob Suma when he steps down in December. The 22-year-old victim, however; says she was attacked unprovoked by Manana after she had been flirting with one of the men he was with.

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