Manana accuser claims she withdrew charges because she 'feared for her life'

Christine Wiro, a former employee of MP and former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana, opened a case of assault and crimen injuria against Manana on Sunday evening.

According to EWN reporter Mia Lindeque, Wiro later withdrew the case against Manana at the Douglasdale police station.

The fact that the case was withdrawn just hours after it was reported raised a lot of questions, says Lindeque.

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She accused the former deputy minister of pushing her down the stairs, he accused her of stealing and threatened to deport her because he is politically connected.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

In a statement that EWN has seen, it clearly indicates how she feared for her life. She kept on saying that she is scared of this man because she doesn't know what's going to happen to her.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Wiro stated that she withdrew the case because she feared for her life because Manana is a politically connected man who could make her life difficult, reports Lindeque.

On the night she opened a case against him, Wiro claims he followed her home trying to convince her to withdraw it.

But Manana has released a statement refuting those claims.

He released a statement saying that this is not true, he did not push her. In fact he said that her family tried to extort money from him, asking for R100 000 for her to drop the charges.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

The ANC Women's League has come out in support of Wiro but is disappointed that she has dropped the charges against Manana.

To hear the rest of the report with EWN's Mia Lindeque, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Manana accuser claims she withdrew charges because she 'feared for her life'


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