- The Commission for Gender Equality and Cosatu have reached out to Mduduzi Manana’s former domestic worker after she accused him of assaulting her
- The Commission for Gender Equality said it would be monitoring the case and providing advice to Wiro
- Cosatu has provided Wiro with accommodation because she currently fears for her safety
Various support groups and women’s rights groups have reached out to and provided various forms of assistance to Mduduzi Manana’s former domestic worker Christine Wiro. She accused Manana of assault.
Wiro opened a case of common assault against the former deputy minister of higher education and training and current African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Mduduzi Manana.
The Commission for Gender Equality’s Jabu Baloyi confirmed the organisation met with Wiro on Wednesday.
He said: “We’ve made consultation with her in terms of our Act. What we’ll be doing is, we’ll be monitoring the unfolding of this case as far as the developments are concerned. We can't reveal too much because it’s at a sensitive stage, as far as our legal team is concerned.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) revealed that it had offered Wiro safe accommodation because she currently fears for her life.
Cosatu’s Sizwe Pamla said: “Give her whatever kind of assistance as a worker and as a poor person and a vulnerable person, we’ve seen this happen many times where people with money treat their domestic workers as glorified slaves.”
In Wiro’s original statement she alleged that Manana pushed her down a flight of stairs and threatened to have her deported back to Zimbabwe after she allowed visitors into Manana’s Johannesburg home without his permission.
Less than 24-hours later Wiro tried to retract the charges and pleaded with police not to investigate the matter.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is reportedly still deciding whether to take the matter to court.
Manana has denied the allegations and claims Wiro and her family are trying to extort money from him. A leaked audio clip seemed to prove Manana was willing to pay Wiro R100,000 to drop the charges.
Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League has called for Manana to resign as an MP.
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