Mduduzi Manana resigns from government but is still an MP

2017-08-19 11:56

Deputy minister of higher education and training, Mduduzi Manana has resigned.

President Jacob Zuma confirmed in a statement this morning that he has accepted Manana’s resignation.

“The President has thanked Manana for his contribution to the work of government during his term of office,” said the presidency.

Although Manana has resigned from his government post, Parliament has confirmed that he is still an MP.

Manana, 33, is in hot water for allegedly assaulting a woman at Cubana nightclub in Johannesburg. A video circulated on social media depicts a man, who is purportedly Manana, slapping a woman who covers her head with her hands to try and stop the blow.

He is said to have lost his temper when the woman and her friends called him gay following a heated argument on who should succeed Zuma.

The fact that police failed to arrest Manana on the same day when one of the assault victims - Mandisa Duma - opened a case against him, sparked outrage that he was receiving preferential treatment.

Manana appeared in court four days after the incident to answer a charge of assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm and was granted R5000 bail.

He has apologised for what he called a “shameful incident”, which occurred as a result of “extreme provocation” but the victim has rejected his apology.

Duma‚ who sustained a black eye‚ bruised knees and a swollen face and neck claimed that while walking out of the venue, Manana slapped her cousin across the face before turning on her in the parking lot.

The ANC has welcomed the resignation Manana and thanked him for "his service to the people of South Africa during his tenure."

The ANC has also announced that it is taking disciplinary action against Manana.

Hlengiwe Nhlabathi
Political journalist
City Press
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