Assault charges against Idols runner-up Mthokozisi Ndaba have been provisionally withdrawn in the Hillbrow Magistrates Court in Johannesburg.

Ndaba was arrested last Thursday. He appeared briefly in court on Monday after a woman claimed he assaulted her at friend’s party. Ndaba denies knowing the victim.

The reasons for the provisional withdrawal of charges were not divulged in court.

Ndaba’s lawyer James Ndebele says his client made representations to the prosecutor who then withdrew the charges.

“On the merits of the case put it this way, the mere fact that a senior prosecutor has taken a decision not to proceed today clearly goes to show that, on the merits there are reasonable prospects of the defence succeeding in arguments in challenging the state,” says Ndebele.


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