‘It will never happen again’
Mduduzi Manana has also resigned with President Jacob Zuma earlier confirming that he accepted his resignation.
JOHANNESBURG - Former Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana has once again apologised for assaulting two women at a Johannesburg nightclub and says an incident like this will never happen again.
Earlier, President Jacob Zuma confirmed that he accepted Manana's resignation and thanked him for his contribution during his term in office.
In a lengthy statement, Manana says: "I have started seeking professional help so that I emerge as a stronger and better-improved person. I have to deal with this problem so that I can continue serving my people as an effective member and leader of our community in every way."
He admitted to assaulting Mandisa Duma at a Fourways nightclub after she apparently called him gay, and assaulting another woman who tried to intervene.
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He has apologised to South Africans once again.
"You have every right to be angry at me and I deserve your anger in this matter because no matter how you look at it, it was wrong in every way. To this extent, I am sorry. I take all accountability and I promise that this will never happen again."
Manana says his resignation will give him the space to focus on the pending legal proceedings.
"I had occasion to reflect on the matter and consequent to such reflection, I have decided - on my own, to step down from the position of Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training in the Republic of South Africa and have communicated my decision with the President."
He goes on to say there is no excuse to justify what his action and that he is completely and utterly shameful of the act.
He's currently out on R5,000 bail and faces charges of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.
Presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said, “President Jacob Zuma has received and accepted the resignation of deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana. The president has thanked Mr Manana for his contribution to the work of government during his term of office.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance has welcomed the resignation of the Deputy Higher Education Minister.
DA Shadow Minister of Higher Education and Training Belinda Bozzoli says Manana should've resigned as soon as he admitted to the assault two weeks ago.
“He still needs to face the music in court. It is of concern to us that he may still be a Member of Parliament, in fact, he should resign from Parliament altogether. It is a pity that his resignation was not performed two weeks ago when he confessed to hitting a woman.”
Rod Solomons who's with Lobby group SA First Forum has also welcomed the resignation.
“I think it is once again a victory for being people being able to get their voices back as civil society, political parties who were speaking up and putting on the pressure for him to resign.”