Shaka Sisulu allegedly physically assaulted his baby mama

Sisulu reportedly confirmed the court appearance but denied assault allegations, and insisted it was an argument over maintenance money.

On the same day Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana was charged with assault for attacking a young woman, the prominent activist missed his court appearance for the same charges.

According to Saturday Star, both cases were coincidentally scheduled to be heard at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

Media personality and entrepreneur Shaka Sisulu reportedly appeared in court on Monday to face charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The State claimed he allegedly hit the mother of his child against a door at his Morningside, Sandton, home.

Sisulu, who is the grandson of anti-apartheid struggle stalwarts Walter and Albertina Sisulu, is said to have been involved in an argument over collection of child maintenance money which culminated in a police case opened.

His first appearance is understood to have been a brief one on Monday; he was granted R500 bail and his case was postponed to Thursday, the same day Manana was to appear for allegedly assaulting a female patron at a nightclub.

However, Sisulu apparently failed to arrive in court, prompting the court to issue a warrant of arrest due to his absence.

The explanation for his absence by his legal representative appears to have been accepted by the magistrate and the case was postponed to next month, according to the publication.

The newspaper further reported that Sisulu confirmed his appearance at the court on charges laid against him by the mother of his child.

“I can confirm that indeed she came to my house for a meeting last Thursday morning. We could not reach an agreement and this clearly upset her.

“I deny the allegations of any kind of assault and am baffled as to how our disagreement on a maintenance issue suddenly turned into an assault claim.

“My family has since insisted on mediation on this maintenance difference and, as we both clearly care a lot about the best interest of our child, we have agreed that we shall take this up,” Sisulu was quoted as saying.