Manana sen­tence a dis­grace

The Star Late Edition - - LETTERS -

I AM dis­gusted with Mag­is­trate Reddy’s sen­tence that he handed down for Mduduzi Manana. Five hun­dred hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and R100 000 fine. What a dis­grace. He should have been sen­tenced to at least three years in jail, with no op­tion.

When an ANC mem­ber com­mits a crime, he is let off lightly. The women who were at­tacked should com­plain and get a higher court to re­view the sen­tence.

The amount of money Manana has to pay to them is a pit­tance. Also why has Manana not been fired as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment? He col­lects a fat salary and perks, so the fine will be noth­ing for him.

The courts are send­ing a mes­sage out that to abuse women is okay, and that there will be no harsh penal­ties. I hope that the com­mu­nity will start a pe­ti­tion to have Manana re­moved from his job and a prison sen­tence en­forced. I am sure most of South Africans will agree with me. G Bergman De Wet­shof

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