The ANC has urged police to investigate allegations of assault against deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana.
Manana has been accused of being part of a group of men who kicked and punched three women at a popular Johannesburg nightspot in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A case of assault has been opened at the Douglasdale police station close to where the incident took place.
The ANC says the probe should be carried out without fear or favour and has labelled Manana’s behaviour as unacceptable.
“Regardless of the circumstances or the identity of the perpetrator or victim, violence against women is the shame of our times and inimical to the call the ANC has consistently made that we seek a South Africa where ‘a young woman in the middle of the night, can walk alone without the fear of assault, attack or rape, going back home from wherever she comes from.’ Achieving this vision requires 365 days of action against violence against women and amongst others, societal leaders that lead by example,” the governing party said in a statement.