R100 000 fine for ex-deputy min­is­ter

Daily Dispatch - - News - By NEO GOBA

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 yes­ter­day.

The Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court also or­dered him to at­tend an anger­man­age­ment pro­gramme and pay com­pen­sa­tion to each of his vic­tims. In ad­di­tion‚ he was de­clared un­fit to pos­sess a firearm. Manana pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing Man­disa Duma‚ No­luthando Mahlaba and Thina Mapipa.

Manana‚ who has two pre­vi­ous theft con­vic­tions‚ 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 Septem­ber 7.

Manana lost his cool on Au­gust 6 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 three women 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-con­victs‚ Cyril Madon­sela‚ 35‚ and Thu­lani Mdaka‚ 30‚ will be sen­tenced to­day. They both faced the same charges as Manana.

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