SOUTH AFRICAN MP ONVICTED OF ASSULTING HIS DOMESTIC HELP RESIGNS HIS SEAT

JOHANNESBURG-- Mduduzi Manana, the South African member of Parliament convicted of assault last year, has resigned from the National Assembly, the lower chamber of Parliament.

Manana, who is from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, was due to appear before Parliament's Committee of the Ethics on Wednesday on another charge of assulting of his domestic worker, Christine Wiro, .

Manana, a former deputy higher education and training minister who had been an MP for nearly 10 years,announced his resignation in a statement issued here Tuesday.

He was due to appear before Parliament's sub-committee of the Ethics on Wednesday after he was pleaded guilty to charges of assault at a nightclub restaurant in Johannesburg last year. He was convicted on three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in September last year.

On Monday, the National Proscuting Authority said it was not proceeding with the assualt case involving his domestic worker because of insufficient evidence.

In his statement, Manana said it would have been premature to resign while the other matter of his alleged assault of his domestic worker was being investigated. He claimed he could now resign after the NPA decided not to prosecute him on that matter.

However, Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said Parliament had not yet received a letter of resignation from Manana.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK