Women-beater ‘gets off lightly’ with fine Show us the money, Manana
● Assault-convicted former deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana has to pay a R100 000 fine (or go to jail for 12 months) and do 500 hours of community service for hitting three women.
Manana, wearing a smart grey and maroon checked suit, smiled as Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy handed down sentencing.
His supporters, some of whom were clad in ANC regalia, started singing and dancing in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court when it became clear he would not go to prison.
Reddy ordered him to undergo an angermanagement programme and pay compensation to each of his victims; and declared him 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 cold 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 September 7.
He lost his cool on August 6 during an argument on who should succeed President Jacob Zuma at the party’s elective conference next month. During the argument one of the women apparently called him “gay”.
Reddy said, as a deputy minister, he was supposed to be a role model in society. Instead‚ he had assaulted the women leaving them humiliated‚ traumatised and embarrassed.
Reddy ordered that‚ in addition to the fine‚ he must pay compensation to each of his victims. He was ordered to pay Mahlaba R5 014‚ Duma R20 263 and Mapipa R1 403.
The secretary-general of Not In My Name Themba Masango expressed his disappointment with the “light” sentence.
“We were hoping for a direct imprisonment. However‚ this is South Africa. We know that if you are politically connected and you have money‚ there is no way that you are going to see a jail cell,” said Masango.
ALL SMILES Mduduzi Manana has been fined R100 000, will do 500 hours’ community service and must compensate his victims