- An audio recording has revealed that Mduduzi Manana offered his domestic worker R100 000 to drop assault charges against him
- Christine Wiro alleged that Manana had pushed her down a flight of stairs and threatened to deport her back to Zimbabwe
- Manana did not deny being the voice in the recording, but maintains the audio only tells part of the story
Former deputy minister of higher education and training Mduduzi Manana hit the headlines again this week, a woman claiming to be his domestic worker opened a case of assault against Manana, but retracted the matter less than 24-hours later.
A leaked audio clip has revealed that Manana offered Christine Wiro R100 000 to drop the charges against him. Manana did not deny being the voice on the recording, but maintains the audio only tells part of the story.
Wiro alleged that Manana pushed her down a flight of stairs and threatened to have her deported back to Zimbabwe after she allowed a visitor into Manana’s home without his permission.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Manana said the leaked audio does not tell the full story and showed that the family were trying to extort more money from him. Manana said the family had leaked the audio to further their own agenda.
In the clip, Manana can be heard saying: “Please. Ngiyanicela [please] … I’m saying, just for any consolation, just to take care of umama for what she feels is humiliation, I can give a consolation to her. The money she needs, the money she was earning. I can give her consolation to take care of her health, of her family. At least a hundred.”
“That does not end our relationship but it continues. That is the consolation I’m trying to get into. Look mama, I know that you worked just for two weeks but I am willing, just for humiliation, to give that consolation. Then we can still continue with our relationship.”
Manana said he agreed to the payment only after the family approached him and asked him what he was willing to do to make the matter go away.
Manana said the family proposed the amount and he agreed to their proposal.
“The recording is what they recorded when I was speaking, affirming what they had proposed to me. Mpho [the son] is the one who proposed … “Mpho said to me, ‘You must do something for us, my mother is sick, she is humiliated. You must give us R100,000,” Manana said.
Manana was convicted on three counts of assault last year, he received a suspended prison sentence and had to pay a fine of R100 000. The incident in which he assaulted three women outside of a nightclub in Johannesburg ultimately forced him to resign from his cabinet position.
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