Mduduzi Manana Leads by Example, Resigns From Government

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has resigned following allegation of assault. Manana appear before Randburg Magistrate Court last week.

“President Jacob Zuma has received and accepted the resignation of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana.”

“The President has thanked Mr Manana for his contribution to the work of government during his term of office,” said President Zuma.

Manana has the distinction of being the youngest Member of Parliament, a role he assumed after the 2009 General Elections. He served as a member of the International Relations & Cooperation Portfolio Committee and the Public Works Portfolio Committee. He was later appointed as Whip of the Transport Portfolio Committee and later redeployed to the Public Service & Administration Portfolio Committee (again as Whip).

​In 2011, he was ​appointed as Cluster Whip of the Governance and Monitoring Cluster in parliament and he also chaired the Steering Committee on Youth Parliament. He also served as the Commissioner of the Magistrates Commission (a body that appoints and oversees the work of magistrates in South Africa) and he was appointed as Chairperson of the Mpumalanga Judicial Committee on Lower Courts.

In June 2012, the President appointed him as the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, making him the youngest member of the National Executive since the new democratic dispensation.

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