Political parties welcome Mduduzi Manana’s resignation

Manana tendered his resignation on Saturday after admitting to assaulting two women at a Fourways nightclub.

Former Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed the resignation of Deputy Minister for Higher Education Mduduzi Manana.

Manana tendered his resignation on Saturday after admitting to assaulting two women at a Fourways nightclub.

The ruling party has thanked Manana for his service during his tenure.

At the same time, the Congress of the People (Cope) says while it welcomes Manana’s decision to step down, his resignation is long overdue.

The party believes his resignation is not a show of genuine remorse but rather stems from a growing wave of public pressure.

Cope President Mosioua Lekota said, “We have received with satisfaction the announcement that Mduduzi Manana has resigned. This is a very good development, that he takes responsibility for the violations of the values of our nation as enshrined in the Constitution.”

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Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has also welcomed Manana's resignation.

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.”

SA First Forum's Rod Solomons has added the group's voice to the matter.

“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.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)