SOUTH AFRICA: A DEPUTY MINISTER RESIGNS AMID ASSAULT PROBE

JOHANNESBURG, A South African deputy minister who is being investigated by police for allegedly assaulting a woman in a nightclub has resigned, the president’s office said on Saturday.

Footage apparently showing deputy minister of higher education and training Mduduzi Manana assaulting a woman earlier this month sparked outrage from civil society and opposition parties and prompted Manana to offer a public apology.

I should have exercised restraint. That shameful incident should not have happened, Manana said in a statement, adding that he will cooperate with police.

The assault happened a few days before the country observed the National Women’s Day on Aug 9 � commemorating the 1956 women’s protest march under the apartheid government.

He appeared before a court days after the incident.

“President Jacob Zuma has received and accepted the resignation of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana,” the presidency said in a statement.

The police ministry confirmed earlier this month that a case of assault was being investigated against Manana and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said “no one is above the law irrespective of their position in society”.

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

South Africa has a high rate of violent crime and a string of grisly murders of women and children earlier this year sparked outrage.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK