The Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete has welcomed the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) investigation into the allegations against African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament and Former Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana.

The allegations relate to Manana’s assault of his domestic worker.

Mbete has called on Parliament’s Joint Ethics Committee to investigate the latest allegations against Manana.

In 2018, Manana was convicted of assault for beating up two women at a night club for referring to him as gay.

He was sentenced to a fine of R100 000 or 12 months in jail, to complete a rehabilitation programme and to carry out 500 hours of community service.

The Speaker has commended the police for exercising of their responsibility to continue the investigation despite Manana’s domestic worker dropping the complaint she initially laid.

It is alleged that Manana had tried to offer her an amount of R100 000 to drop the charges.

Mbete concluded that public representatives are expected to carry themselves in a manner befitting their status and office as honourable Members of Parliament, both inside and outside of Parliament.

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