Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana says he has decided to resign from public office to avoid causing further damage to the African National Congress (ANC).
Manana announced his resignation yesterday following mounting pressure for him to do so in the awake of assault charges against him.
The former minister has admitted to assaulting two women at a Johannesburg nightclub two weeks ago.
He is currently out on R5,000 bail.
Manana says the incident has negatively impacted on the ANC.
“A responsible leader is one who takes responsibility in the face of a crisis, in this instance I choose to put my country first and not allow a bad shadow to haunt the workings of government.”
(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)