AfriForum’s private prosecutor’s office announced on Tuesday that the state had decided to prosecute Vuyo Mhlakaza-Manamela, Deputy Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature.
Two weeks ago, AfriForum said that The case will be taken up by a police protection and security officer who is believed to have been assaulted by Mhlakaza-Manamela. The organization said the development came after it wrote to the National Prosecutor’s Office about the dropped case against Mhlakaza-Manamela.
“The Gauteng Legislature Deputy Speaker is being charged with assault with intent to aggravate charged with causing bodily harm and Crimen Injuria.
“The case stems from an alleged assault on Police Protection and Security Officer Sgt. Lizzy Mojapelo,” AfriForum said in a statement.
AfriForum responded after the The NPA declined to prosecute. The matter was withdrawn last year after senior prosecutors allegedly told Mojapelo that prosecuting the matter was difficult because the suspect was a well-known person.
AfriForum said Andrew Chauke, Gauteng’s chief prosecutor : wrote in a letter addressed to the unit: “After examining the contents of the file, your application for a Nolle Prosequi certificate and the report of the responsible chief prosecutor, this unit is satisfied that there is prima facie evidence against Nomvuyo Mhlakaza. Manamela and the matter should not have been withdrawn against her.
“This agency has issued a directive to the Attorney General that Nomvuyo Mhlakaza Manamela must be charged with assault and crimes injuria,” Chauke said in the letter /p>
Chauke said the chief prosecutor responsible for withdrawing the matter was reprimanded.
AfriForum said this was a victory for the principle of equality before the law.
“We will ensure that politicians are not protected from prosecution,” said Gerrie Nel, AfriForum’s director of private prosecution.
Mojapelo said she was very pleased with the NPA’s decision.
“It’s just unfortunate that AfriForum had to step in first, but the NPA has to do justice to me and my daughter – that’s all we need. We are grateful to AfriForum,” said Mojapelo.
The alleged attack took place in February 2020 at Mhlakaza-Manamela’s home.
Mojapelo claims that the suspect had a drunken fit with anger, severely assaulted her.
She goes on to explain that her police officers did not want to help her open a case, but instead did everything in their power to thwart the effort.
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