Dis­graced MP calls for a per­jury in­quiry

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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.

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“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)

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