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Assault charges involving Given Mkhari & wife withdrawn for now

It is understood the couple went to police after a fight at their Randburg home over the weekend. The provisional withdrawal of assault charges means the case will be subject to investigation.

Given and Ipeleng Mkhari leave the Randburg Magistrates Court on 12 July. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The assault cases opened by radio owner Given Mkhari and his wife Ipeleng against each other have now been provisionally withdrawn.

Their cases were heard concurrently in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon.

It is understood the couple went to the police after a fight at their Randburg home over the weekend.

The provisional withdrawal of assault charges means the case involving the Mkharis will be subject to investigation.

Shortly after their appearance, Mkhari and his wife Ipeleng were seen walking to a prosecutor’s office where it is understood their legal advisors have been charting the way forward.

Mkhari has asked the media to give him and his wife time and space to deal with the matter privately.

Their second appearance on Monday followed a decision by a senior National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor to pursue the assault cases despite the pair having withdrawn them.

It’s since been confirmed that those charges have been withdrawn on a provisional basis.

WATCH: Assault charges involving Given Mkhari & wife withdrawn for now

SPACE AND TIME

Attorneys representing Mkhari and his wife say the tone of their discussions has been polite.

Mark Pienaar, who is representing Mkhari, says the couple’s request for space and time should be respected as they’re both willing to have the matter resolved privately.

“But everything was polite. Things happened in the family, I think we should respect that. They’ve asked that they deal with it and everyone needs to respect that also.”

Ipeleng's attorney Mfana Gwala explains why the charges have been provisionally withdrawn.

“On the grounds that basically both parties did not want to proceed with the matter. And they filed statements accordingly and hence the matter has been withdrawn.”

The attorneys say should the NPA find grounds to peruse the case any further, the couple may find themselves back in court.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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