The Randburg Magistrate’s Court was on Wednesday told that former deputy minister of higher education, Mduduzi Manana, has two previous convictions for theft dating back to 2004 and 2005.
This was revealed in a Sentencing proceedings on the charges related to the assault of three women at Cubana in Fourways on August 6.
The former minister was convicted of three counts charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after pleading guilty to the charges in September.
Mduduzi Manana resigned from his deputy minister job as a result of the scandal which sparked widespread condemnation after a video of his assault surfaced on social media.
The former minister lost his cool after an argument on who should succeed President Jacob Zuma at the party’s elective conference in December. The argument turned messy when one of the women, Noluthando Mahlaba, who joined their table, provoked him when she asked him: “Who do you think you are? You isitabane [gay].”
He said, following this remark, he intentionally assaulted Mahlaba with an open hand on her face and back.
Manana also said he pulled her hair, pulled her to the ground, kicked and punched her.
He said a fight then broke out in which he also intentionally assaulted two other women – Monoisa Duma and Thina Mopipa.
Manana also said outside the magistrate’s court on Tuesday that he regretted actions and had wanted to reach out to the victims but his bail conditions did not allow it. “I want justice to be delivered, especially to the victims”, he said,
“I would initiate a process after the case to reach out to the victims, to reach out to the families,” he added.
Mduduzi Manana made his first court appearance at the Randburg Magistrates Court on August 9 and was granted R5‚000 bail.
The court would today, Wednesday, November 8, be giving a final verdict on the matter.
While waiting, Manana was asked if he hoped the court to show leniency given that he has apologised and admitted that he was wrong‚ Manana said: “The court will use its own wisdom to come to a determination.”