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newsBusinessLive reports that former higher education deputy minister Mduduzi Manana is set to sue the family of his domestic worker following claims of assault.  

In a statement issued on Monday night‚ Manana — who pleaded guilty to an assault case in 2017 — said the family of Catherine Wiro had tried to extort him out of R100‚000.  Wiro opened a police case against Manana at the weekend‚ but the assault case was withdrawn in court on Monday.  "I am aware that a case of assault has been withdrawn but I have instructed my lawyers to file a legal suit against the Wiro family for extortion as they demanded an amount of R100,000.  Instead‚ I gave Ms Wiro money that was due to her for the two weeks … that she worked at my home‚" said Manana.  In the statement‚ Manana denied assaulting Wiro‚ a Zimbabwean national‚ but did describe the incident that took place as an "altercation" over the his unhappiness that she "often [gave] access to everyone who comes to my home".  He also described her claims as "both unfortunate and malicious".  Manana said the claims of assault were simply to discredit him given his assault conviction.

  • Read this report by Matthew Savides in full at BusinessLive
  • Read Manana’s statement at Timeslive
  • See too, DA to lodge complaint against Manana following assault allegations, at City Press
  • And also, ANCWL backs Manana’s former domestic worker, at EWN

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