August 19, 2017 / 9:41 AM / 10 months ago

South African minister resigns amid assault probe

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African deputy minister who is charged with allegedly assaulting a woman in a nightclub has resigned, the president’s office said on Saturday.

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

“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.

Manana, who made his first appearance in court last week on a charge of assaulting Mandisa Duma, had been released on 5,000 rand (295.50 pounds) bail.

“I have decided - on my own, to step down,” Manana said, adding that he is seeking professional help and will now focus on the pending legal proceedings.

Reporting by TJ Strydom; Editing by Toby Chopra

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