African National Congress (ANC) MP and former Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana has dismissed the latest assault allegations against him as both unfortunate and malicious.
This comes after reports that he tried to push his domestic worker down the stairs on Sunday at his double-storey home in Fourways, north of Johannesburg.
The woman, Catherine Wiro, laid charges of common assault against Manana, but has since withdrawn them.
Last year, he paid a R100 000 fine for assaulting three women at a Johannesburg night club.
In a statement, Manana confirms employing Wiro as his domestic worker for two weeks. He says he realised during Wiro’s first week at work that she often gave access to everyone who came to his house.
Manana says he did warn her about a possible security risk. He says the last straw was when Wiro granted access to his guest without first verifying with him.
Manana says he reprimanded Wiro for flouting the rules of the house.
The ANC MP says he has instructed his lawyer to file a legal suit against the Wiro family for extortion, for allegedly demanding R100 000 from him.
It has been reported that Wiro was offered R100 000 to withdraw the case against Manana.