PARLIAMENT – Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says that his department will not be paying his former deputy Mduduzi Manana’s legal costs that relate to the assault case against him.
Manana announced on Saturday that he was resigning from his post.
He is due to appear in the Randburg magistrates court next month on two charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Yusuf Cassim wanted to know whether the Department of Higher Education and Training would pick up Manana’s legal bill.
In a written response, Nzimande makes it clear that Manana will be responsible for his own legal fees.
He says in the reply, that the department is not paying for the legal fees Manana is incurring with his assault case.
Manana is now a backbench MP in Parliament and will take a pay cut now that he is no longer a deputy minister.
Last week, Manana said that he decided to resign from public office to avoid causing further damage to the African National Congress (ANC).
The former minister has admitted to assaulting two women at a Johannesburg nightclub two weeks ago.
He is currently out on R5,000 bail.
Meanwhile, the Sonke Gender Justice movement says while it welcomes the resignation of Manana, it is concerned that he still remains a Member of Parliament.
The Sonke Gender Justice movement says the criminal case against manana must continue and he should not hold any position of power.