14 September 2017

South Africa: Mduduzi Manana Found Guilty On Three Assault Charges, but Will He Face Jail Time Mañana - or Ever?

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Former deputy higher education and training minister Mduduzi Manana on Wednesday pleaded and was found guilty of three counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on charges relating to attacking three women at a nightclub in August. Manana said: "If you've provoked, walk away. Don't act in this way. Now I had to man up. That's what a leader does." Sentencing has been postponed and it's anyone's guess what punishment he might receive. By GREG NICOLSON.

In a statement read to the Randburg Magistrate's Court, Mduduzi Manana admitted he knew he was wrong when he assaulted three women at Cubana nightclub in Fourways, Johannesburg, in August. He said a rowdy argument ensued when the women sat by his table and tried to video him. When his friends stopped the women, they yelled, "Who do you think you are, [faggot]?"

"I plead guilty," Manana told the court on all three counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He said he knew he was wrong when he pulled the women by their hair, threw them to the ground, slapped, punched, and kicked them. "I admit that I have no lawful defence," he said in his statement....

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