Manana’s pals plead guilty to assault
TWO friends of former deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana – who resigned his job after admitting to beating up a woman at a nightclub in Fourways – yesterday appeared before the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, on charges of assault for their role in the shameless attack.
Three women were attacked at Cubana on a weekend in August. A video clip of Manana and his buddies beating them went viral on social media resulting in a public outcry and calls for the deputy minister’s resignation.
Manana, who was not present to support his friends yesterday, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He is out on R5 000 bail, awaiting sentence.
Cyril Madonsela, 35, and Thulani Mdaka, 30, were in the dock for two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm for assaulting Mandisa Duma, Thina Mopipa and Noluthando Mahlaba.
Both pleaded guilty. – ANA