Women-beater ‘gets off lightly’ with fine Show us the money, Manana

Sen­tence

The Times (South Africa) - - Front Page - By NEO GOBA

● 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.

Pic­ture: Alais­ter Rus­sell

ALL SMILES Mduduzi Manana has been fined R100 000, will do 500 hours’ com­mu­nity ser­vice and must com­pen­sate his vic­tims

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