Radio mogul Given Mkhari and his wife Ipeleng, who were both arrested after they opened charges of assault against each other – have subsequently withdrawn the charges.
Mkhari, who is the chairperson of MSG Afrika, and his wife, who is the CEO and founder of Motseng Investment Holdings and the president-elect of the SA Properties Association, allegedly had a fight in their home on Saturday night.
“He and his wife have withdrawn assault charges against each other. Mkhari said he had gone to press charges at the Randburg Police Station, followed by his spouse. The family have since taken the decision to resolve the matter at home,” said a statement on PowerFM’s Twitter handle.
The two also shared a joint statement on their respective Twitter accounts.
“We confirm that an unfortunate incident happened between us in our home on Saturday, 14 July 2018. We both individually reported the matter to the police. We are now withdrawing each case to resolve the matter in the privacy of our home,” it read.
However, despite the fact that media mogul Given Mkhari and his wife decided to drop assault charges against each other, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is reportedly having none of it.
In an official statement on Monday, Mkhari said he would not be appearing in court. However, it was not entirely his decision to make. The statement said he and his wife had withdrawn assault charges against each other following an “unfortunate incident” at their home on Saturday night.
“Mkhari said he had gone to press charges at the Randburg Police Station, followed by his spouse. The family have since taken the decision to resolve the matter at home,” the statement, tweeted out by Mkhari’s radio station Power FM, reads.
According to news channel eNCA, the NPA believes it is in the interests of justice to press ahead with a court appearance, so Mkhari will still be asked to appear on Monday.
He was arrested on Saturday on an assault charge, and he then laid a counter-charge of common assault against his wife.