CONVICTED FORMER deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana was sentenced to a R100‚000 fine‚ or 12 months in prison‚ and 500 hours of community service on Monday.
The Randburg Magistrate’s Court also ordered him to attend an anger-management programme and pay compensation to each of his victims. In addition‚ he was declared unfit to possess a firearm.
Manana had earlier pleaded guilty to assaulting Mandisa Duma‚ Noluthando Mahlaba and Thina Mapipa.
Manana‚ who has two previous theft convictions‚ including one for stealing a soft drink‚ was found guilty of three counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm‚ after he admitted to attacking the women at a restaurant in Fourways‚ Johannesburg. He pleaded guilty to all charges on 7 September.
Manana lost his cool on 6 August during an argument on who should succeed President Jacob Zuma at the party’s elective conference next month. What allegedly triggered his attack on the women was a comment one made that labelled him “gay”.
Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy said that‚ as a deputy minister‚ he was supposed to be a role model in society. Instead‚ he had assaulted the woman leaving them humiliated‚ traumatised and embarrassed.
Reddy ordered that‚ in addition to the fine‚ he financially compensate each of his victims. He was ordered to pay Mahlaba R5‚014‚ Duma R20‚263 and Thina R1‚403.
Manana’s co-accused‚ Cyril Madonsela‚ 35‚ and Thulani Mdaka‚ 30‚ will be sentenced on Tuesday. The both faced the same charges as Manana.
Meanwhile, the sentencing solicited various opinions from all sectors of society.
Some alluding just because he has money and political influence, the sentencing was a slap on a wrist considering the Violence Against Women and Children Abuse campaign is only days away.
Others said ‘he apologised and showed remorse what else should he do?’