Disgraced deputy minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana‚ who recently admitted to assaulting two women at a Johannesburg nightclub‚ has resigned‚ saying there is no excuse to justify what he has done and that he is “completely and utterly shameful of the act”.

“I am heart-broken and disappointed in myself as a leader in our great nation‚” he said in a statement.

He added that he had had occasion to reflect on the matter and “consequent to such reflection‚ I have decided — on my own‚ to step down from the position of Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training in the Republic of South Africa and have communicated my decision with the President”.

Manana said this would give him space to focus on the legal proceedings pending before the Randburg Magistrates’ Court while allowing the good work of government to run unhindered.