Ex Gauteng MEC cleared of beating wife

2012-02-10 11:01

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.

  • Johan - 2012-02-10 11:36

    One might say this blue collar justice.

      Foc - 2012-02-10 12:04

      Savages ... the african discipline rules I see .... what do they say about them in and out the bush?

      Yar - 2012-02-10 12:12

      1 Small slap and 2 tiny little kicks in the ribs. In some cultures this is a form of foreplay. @ Johan - this sounds like NO justice.

      Seja - 2012-02-10 17:06

      @FOC ... what's the name of that man that killed step son and ripped out wife's silicone boobs with a grinder?? ... still african discipline huh?? Or is that one more Euro-style??

  • Sharon - 2012-02-10 11:40

    An eye-witness and there's still reasonable doubt? Maybe if he killed her the court would notice.

  • michael.e.bowery - 2012-02-10 11:41

    I guess in our ANC world of incidents it's only natural to believe the ex-Gauteng MEC, despite the witness Evelyn Mosia, who of course must have been lying about what occured. Isn't that so your Honour? :) :)

  • Clarence - 2012-02-10 11:45

    He next victim wont even make it to court. We often accuse the Police of not doing their work but I actually think the Justice sytems is the cause for the high level of crime and violence in this country.

  • Irma - 2012-02-10 11:48

    Women do crazy things during a divorce. For all we know, she was lying and she paid the domestic worker to lie. After all, he's a powerful man and she might have been bitter. Let's not assume that he's guilty just because of who he is.

      Yar - 2012-02-10 12:16

      @Irma Speculative, highly speculative comment. Your comment is unhelpful and misplaced.

      Irma - 2012-02-10 12:56

      It’s not. You cannot assume that he’s guilty because he was proven innocent by a judge. There are plenty vindictive people out there- I unfortunately have known a few. Just because I’m not hopping on the bandwagon and am thinking about this from a different perspective doesn’t make my comment and opinion any different to anyone else’s. Women have affairs with married men and get pregnant especially so the man will leave his wife, people with AIDS purposely infect other people to drag them down with them, people pay lots of money to have people murdered- the world is a nasty and spiteful place. Unless we were there, which clearly we were not, we don’t know exactly what happened.

      Yar - 2012-02-10 13:08

      @Irma 1 You say "Women do crazy things during a divorce" - do you have evidence. No mention in the article. 2 You say "For all we know, she was lying and she paid the domestic worker to lie" Do You have evidence. No mention in the article. I contend that your statements are speculative, without basis and have no bearing on the matter. I would like to believe that there is more to this than is in the article, but you cannot determine guil or innocence from the articl and the information available. You are simlpy gueaasing and that is a complete waste of time.

      Bobo - 2012-02-11 14:59

      I agree...Let`s see what happens in a few weeks from now ! The show aint over until....The truth will come out !

  • Andre - 2012-02-10 12:25

    In the previous government these things were never heard of. Senior political officials were properly scrutinized. Now assault, association with criminals, fraud, assault en even drug peddling is the order of the day.

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