Johannesburg – Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana arrived at the Randburg Magistrate’s court on Thursday.
Manana is accused of assaulting a woman at Cubana nightclub in Johannesburg.
Following social media outrage, as well as condemnation from organisations, Manana apologised for what he called a “shameful incident”, which occurred as a result of “extreme provocation”.
In a video circulated on social media, a man who is purportedly Manana, slaps a woman, who covers her head with her hands to try and stop the blow.
In a statement, the ANC said it had noted the accusations against Manana with disappointment and that such behaviour was unacceptable.