Mduduzi Manana, convicted former deputy minister of higher education has been sentenced to pay a fine of R100‚000‚ or face 12 months in prison for assaulting two women in August.
Manana, who was convicted of three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after pleading guilty to the charges on September 13, was also ordered to perform 500 hours of community service.
Handing down judgment on Monday at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy ruled that the former deputy minister will report at 8:00 am for an anger rehabilitation programme‚ which starts on Tuesday.
The Magistrate said that Manana had shown remorse with regard to the incident and even apologized to the women and the country. He, however, ruled that Manana should compensate the women involved in the assault within seven days.
As ordered, the former deputy minister is expected to pay a combination of R5014,20 fee for the first victim, R20 263,43 for the second victim and R1403, 92 for the third and also the R100 00.
We reported last week that Manana had two previous theft convictions‚ including stealing a soft drink (in 2005) and that he pleaded guilty to the charges in the course of his appearance last week.
The recent charges, which he pleaded guilty to on September 7, stemmed from his action at a restaurant in Fourways‚ north of Johannesburg, where he admitted to hitting Mandisa Duma‚ Noluthando Mahlaba and Thina Mopipa.
An argument on who would succeed President Jacob Zuma as ANC president had triggered the women clashing with Mduduzi. The former deputy minister, however, resorted to hitting the women after one of them accused him of being “gay”.
In the wake of the sentencing, many people took to social media and shared their views. While some condemned the lenient sentencing, others asserted that there are people who have done worse than hitting women.
Jails are build for the poor, rich people pay fines…SA kubi..😏😏😏#MduduziManana
— IG:PaulRamalepe (@PaulRamalepe) November 13, 2017
Former Deputy Higher Education minister #MduduziManana has been sentenced to a R100 000 fine or face 1 year in prison.
What a joke! pic.twitter.com/Cn6U92XlB6
— Soso (@Iam_SosoRSA) November 13, 2017
On learning about Magistrate Reddy’s judgment, Manana’s supporters (including ANC students) who came in large numbers to support him were spotted singing and jubilating happily.
— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) November 13, 2017
Meanwhile, Manana two co-accused are also facing the charges. Cyril Madonsela‚ 35‚ and Thulani Mdaka‚ 30‚ are expected to appear in court on Tuesday to hear their sentencing.