Ex Gauteng MEC cleared of beating wife

2012-02-10 11:01

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Johannesburg - Former Gauteng housing MEC Dan Mofokeng has been cleared of domestic violence charges, according to a report on Friday.

He walked out of the Domestic Violence Court in Pretoria a free man on Thursday, The Star newspaper reported.

Mofokeng's wife, Jacquie, the ANC deputy chief whip in the Gauteng legislature, had alleged he assaulted her at their Irene, Pretoria home last February.

The couple was getting divorced and she had obtained a protection order against him.

Their domestic worker, Evelyn Mosia, told the court she saw a struggle between the couple. She said Jacquie fell to the ground and Mofokeng kicked her twice and slapped her with an open hand in the face on February 24. Mofokeng denied this, saying he found her on the floor after unlocking the passage door.

Magistrate Clifford Khoza said the onus was on the State to prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

- SAPA
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