Manana's former domestic worker withdraws assault case

A case of common assault against former deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana has been withdrawn.

Less than 24 hours after reporting the crime, Manana's former domestic worker asked the police to no longer investigate the matter. She had accused Manana of pushing her down some stairs and threatening to deport her to Zimbabwe.

Last year, Manana pleaded guilty in the Randburg magistrates court to three counts of assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm.

Asked to comment on the matter, Commission for Gender Equality spokesperson Javu Baloyi says the alleged victim's withdrawal of the case has now led to speculation and that there are two sides to the story.

You might find that the helper got wind of what happened before and is using that as a trump card against the former deputy minister of higher education. Had she not withdrawn the case we would have known better but now we are working on speculation. If it did happen it would have been a very worrying thing, it means he wouldn't have learned a thing from the previous case.

Javu Baloyi , Commission for Gender Equality spokesperson

You will find that people withdraw cases and it defeats the purpose of us as a commission fighting against gender-based violence. That is a worrying trend, we need to have a system whereby when a case has been launched, it should not be withdrawn, in this regard we have to be very clear that as a commission we wouldn't know what the real issues are.

Javu Baloyi , Commission for Gender Equality spokesperson

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