JOHANNESBURG- African National Congress (ANC) MP and former Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana has announced his resignation from Parliament.
In a statement published through Mduduzi Manana Foundation’s social media page, Manana said that he made the decision after the National Prosecuting Authority decided not to prosecute him for the alleged abuse of his domestic worker, Christine Wiro.
“Though there has been pressure mounting for me to step down as a Member of Parliament, I felt that this would have been premature as the matter was still being investigated by law enforcement agencies and it would have most likely amount to an admission of guilt,” Manana said in his statement.
Manana further states that the resignation will give him ample time to focus his renewed energies on the work of his political organisation ahead of 2019 General Elections, his academic commitments, and his business interests.
“In conclusion, I wish to indicate that the Sexual/Gender Based violence is very serious as indicated by the reactions of South Africans following my previous case of assault, for which I took full responsibility, and therefore, must not be used to (a) advance selfish and narrow political ends and (b) solicit financial benefits by making false accusations as that would be a vicious assault on the efforts, which I have now dedicated myself to, eliminating Gender-based violence wherever it manifests itself,”.