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newsSowetanLive reports that ANC MP Mduduzi Manana is not off the hook yet, as the National Prosecuting Authority has refused to withdraw charges of assault brought against him by his former domestic worker and then later dropped by her.  

This came amid the emergence of an audio in which Manana could be heard making a monetary offer to Christine Wiro, allegedly in an effort to have the charges dropped.  A Gauteng police spokesman said police were investigating the allegations.  But on Monday, Manana accused Wiro, his domestic worker for just over two weeks, of attempting to extort R100,000 from him.  He said his lawyers were preparing court papers to sue Wiro.  She denied the extortion allegation and said that on Monday Manana had repeatedly offered her family R100,000 and a job for her.  He allegedly even promised to build her a house and take care of her son financially.  Later on Monday evening, Manana issued a media statement denying all charges and threatening to sue Wiro.  Wiro on Tuesday said she had feared for her life when Manana arrived at her house on Monday morning, accompanied by a man and two women.  "I had not given him my address but he managed to find out where I lived, that made me scared and I decided to withdraw the charges for my own safety," she stated.  Wiro indicated that she and her family had refused to accept Manana’s offer.

  • Read this report by Isaac Mahlangu in full at SowetanLive
  • Read too, Manana’s former domestic worker stands by allegations, at The Citizen
  • Listen to the audio referred to above at The Citizen

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