Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana allegedly assaulted at least one woman at a Johannesburg nightclub during Women's Month.
The deputy minister's spokesperson, Busiswa Gqangeni, could not immediately comment on the previous assault charges.
"The law, however, must take its course".
Mbalula says there will be no special treatment for the deputy minister.
"Arrests need to be done procedurally", Mbalula said.
"Arrest is not a form of punishment", the minister added. "They are to ensure the suspect appears in court and to briefly restore peace". "Nonetheless, everybody is presumed innocent until proven otherwise".
He says Manana will not be treated with kid gloves, but that only President Jacob Zuma can decide whether he stays in his post.
I HAVE watched in awe how women get abused by men over and over again and how we rant about it for a day or two, before quickly moving on to the next hot topic. He was granted R5,000 bail and is due to make his next court appearance in September. "He's not a flight risk and as police we can not mete out punishment but secure suspects for court processes", Mbalula said while he continued to list the reasons for Manana not being arrested.
He said Manana's admission of guilt on tape was part of the evidence gathered, along with witness statements. "The state fully supports the victim", he said, at a news conference.
"If he is guilty, he will be punished", said Mbalula.
"The ANC women's league condemns violence against women and perpetrators must face the might of the law". He ultimately chose to hold the press conference because the issue had become a public issue, and to avoid accusations of special treatment.
She told journalists that the NPA did not have any information about the Deputy Minister's pending assault case, which was apparently reported in Ermelo, Mpumalanga.
"There is something wrong in terms of the administering of justice at a police station level".