Disgraced MP calls for a perjury inquiry
DISGRACED ANC MP Mduduzi Manana wants his domestic worker, Catherine Wiro, to be investigated for perjury, accusing her of lying to the police after she opened an assault case against him.
In a letter written by his lawyer, Michael Motsoeneng Bill, and sent to the Douglasdale police, Manana enquired about the perjury charge he said he had laid against Wiro on Monday.
The letter, sent on Tuesday, reads: “In our client’s affidavit, he alleges that the statement by Ms Wiro is false and, as a result, Ms Wiro committed perjury. The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to follow up on the progress made in respect of the investigation.’’
“As you may well know, this matter has attracted wide media attention, all of which paint a picture that our client is guilty of assault in circumstances where his version has not been tested in a court of law.
“Our client is keen to have his day in court and requests that this matter be investigated by the SAPS in order that our client’s version of events can be tested in a court of law.’’
Motsoeneng Bill said: “All that has happened regarding the case is in that letter. I confirm sending that letter to the police.”
Manana said the perjury allegations could be corroborated by a witness, who was a guest at his home at the time of the alleged assault.
Wiro laid charges against Manana for allegedly assaulting her at his Fourways home last week. She alleged that Manana tried to push her down the stairs for allowing a guest into his home without checking with him first.
She told police that Manana had previously verbally abused her, made her work long hours and threatened to have her deported back to her home country, Zimbabwe.
Allegations of extortion emerged after a voice recording surfaced in which Manana was heard offering to pay her R100 000 to drop the case.
Manana denied assaulting her or offering her cash. He said Wiro instead asked him to pay her off in exchange for dropping the case.
Manana’s latest run-in with the law comes just months after he was convicted of assaulting three women at a Johannesburg nightclub last year.
He was subsequently fired as the deputy minister of higher education. – African News Agency (ANA)