JOHANNESBURG, November 13 – The Randburg Magistrate’s Court sentenced former deputy minister of higher education, Mduduzi Manana, to 12 months imprisonment or to pay a fine of R100,000 on Monday.
Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy added that Manana would have to complete 500 hours of community service, attend counselling and pay each of the victims the damage claims that were submitted by the State.
Last week, Michael Motswaneng Bill, for Manana, said he was willing to compensate his victims, do 500 hours of community service while being monitored by the social worker and to undergo 12 months imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years, on condition that he does not commit a similar offence.
Manana was convicted of three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after pleading guilty to the charges. The charges relate to the assault of three women at Cubana in Fourways on August 6.
On Monday, Reddy began by reading through the history of the trial which included the submissions of the defence and the state on suitable “punishment” for his actions.
State prosecutor Anne-Marie Smith said a fine alone would be a “slap on the wrist”.
Manana had two previous convictions of theft dating back to 2004 and 2005. Reddy said these previous offences fell away as they were from 10 years ago and weren’t related to his assault charges.