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UDEMWO slams NPA decision to drop assault case against Mduduzi Manana

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The UDM Women’s organisation is displeased with the NPA’s decision to withdraw prosecution against Mduduzi Manana, over the alleged assault of his domestic worker.

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is the latest to cast some doubt on former Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister and former ANC MP, Mduduzi Manana’s sudden resignation from parliament. “If Manana believes that his name has been cleared, why is he resigning on the eve of the end of his term in office? Is this case “not winnable” because there is no video evidence like with the previous one? Manana may believe that he has been exonerated, but to our minds he will always be a women basher”, UDEMWO said in a statement.

Manana announced his decision to step down as an MP just a day before the National Prosecuting Authority opted to drop prosecution in relation to the alleged assault of his domestic worker, Christine Wiro. She had accused Manana of pushing her down a flight of stairs and threatening to use his influence to have her deported back to her native Zimbabwe, back in May. The former MP is said to have offered her R100,000 in exchange for her dropping the charges, and later threatened to lay extortion charges against her.

The organisation said it is disappointed with the NPA’s decision, adding that the move indicates that women have no place in South Africa. “UDEMWO has time and again pointed out the lack of synergy in the work of government departments. The NPA has just added another piece to this puzzle. It is clear that women have no place in this country. This must stop”, the organisation said in a statement.

This news also came on the eve of Manana’s appearance before Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests, over the assault of three women at a Johannesburg night club last year. Manana resigned from cabinet, in the wake of the scandal and subsequently convicted on three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, after pleading guilty to the charges, and paid a R100,000 fine.

Thabo Baloyi

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