A South African minister has resigned amid accusations he assaulted a girl in a nightclub earlier this month.
Deputy Schooling Minister Mduduzi Manana appeared in court docket final week to face the assault cost.
He’s accused of hitting the lady throughout an argument on the venue.
On Saturday, a short assertion from President Jacob Zuma’s workplace mentioned he had accepted Mr Manana’s resignation, and thanked him for “his contribution to the work of presidency”.
Mr Manana has beforehand apologised for what he known as a “shameful incident”. He claimed he was provoked, however “ought to have exercised restraint”.
His political social gathering, the African Nationwide Congress, welcomed his resignation and in addition thanked him for his service.
When the allegations first emerged, the ANC mentioned “such behaviour is unacceptable … violence towards girls is the disgrace of our instances”.
The allegations induced widespread outrage in South Africa, the place violence towards girls isn’t unusual.
Throughout his preliminary court docket listening to, he was introduced into the courtroom via a separate entrance, and journalists weren’t permitted inside.
However Police Minister Fikile Mbalula insisted that Mr Manana wouldn’t obtain any particular therapy.
“The deputy minister is not going to be handled with particular child gloves however will face the total wrath of the regulation. The state totally helps the sufferer,” he mentioned.
He was launched on bail of $375 (£290) pending additional investigation.