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Former deputy minister of education Mduduzi Manana will not be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting his domestic worker. "Basically there are no prospects for success‚" said National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Phindi Mjonondwane on Monday. "The version of an independent eye witness who was allegedly present at the scene does not corroborate the version of the complainant‚" Mjonondwane said. TimesLIVE revealed a recording in May in which Manana was heard pleading with his domestic worker‚ saying he was "willing to do anything" to make the case go away.

A TimesLIVE reporter witnessed the negotiation take place. In the conversation‚ recorded under a tree at the Douglasdale police station in Johannesburg where Christine Wiro had opened a case of assault against Manana‚ he could be heard speaking in a soft tone‚ begging Wiro to tell the station commander that she was not pursuing the case. In the recording‚ Manana was heard saying: "Please. Ngiyanicela [please] … I’m sayi...

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