Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

#MduduziManana pays R100 000 fine for assault in cash

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Bennie Garza | 14 November, 2017, 22:27

Manana was convicted of three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after pleading guilty to the charges in September.

One of the women who was assaulted by former Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana has spoken out about the sentence handed down to him.

Bill said Manana was provoked and that Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy must consider certain circumstances in this regard.

Manana was also ordered to compensate the victims for the medical costs and damages to property they incurred due to the attack.

Manana beat up three women at a restaurant in Fourways in August and pleaded guilty to the crime after a video went viral.

The magistrate said the incident had "undoubtedly caused the victims great trauma and humiliation" before he handed him a 100,000-rand fine - the equivalent of $6,878 - or an option of a 12-month sentence.

She said that Manana - who indicated that alcohol played a role in the assault - needs "correctional supervision" where he won't be allowed to consume alcohol.

Reddy ruled the former deputy minister would be treated as a first time offender despite two previous convictions of theft. He said Manana could still be a productive and useful member of society.

Editor's note: This live event has ended. He was replaced as deputy higher education and training minister by Buti Manamela. Bill had argued for Manana to be given a 12-month suspended sentence for five years, that Manana be fined R100 000 and that he complete 500 hours of community service. A scuffle broke out between the two parties' supporters.

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