The African National Congress welcomed the resignation of Deputy Higher Education and Training Minister Mduduzi Manana. Picture: Chris Collingridge

Pretoria - The African National Congress on Saturday welcomed the resignation of Deputy Higher Education and Training Minister Mduduzi Manana. 

The ANC "notes and welcomes" the resignation of Manana as deputy minister of higher education and training, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

The ANC thanked Manana for his "service to the people of South Africa during his tenure", Kodwa said in a brief statement.

Earlier on Saturday, the presidency announced that Manana had resigned. "President Jacob Zuma has received and accepted the resignation of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mr Mduduzi Manana," it said in a statement.

Zuma had thanked Manana for his "contribution to the work of government" during his term of office, the presidency said.

Manana, 34, has been under fire since he allegedly assaulted Mandisa Duma at a Fourways, Johannesburg nightclub two weeks ago. He has subsequently issued a public apology but said he had acted following “extreme provocation”.

Manana was granted R5000 bail in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on August 10 on two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The case was postponed to September 13. He has reportedly also faced charges of assaulting other women in the past.