13 November 2017

South Africa: Manana to Pay R100 000 or Face 12 Months in Jail

The Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday ordered former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana to pay R100 000 fine or face 12 months in jail.

He was also ordered to complete 500 hours of community service and to complete a rehabilitation program.

On September 13, Manana was convicted of three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after pleading guilty to the charges.

The charges relate to the assault of three women at Cubana in Fourways on August 6 which was filmed and went viral on social media sparking a national outcry for his arrest.

Manana, in his plea explanation, said he was asked by one of the women, Noluthando Mahlaba, who joined their table: "Who do you think you are? You isitabane [gay]."

He said, following this remark, he intentionally assaulted Mahlaba with an open hand on her face and back.

Manana also pulled her hair, pulled her to the ground, kicked and punched her.

He said a fight then broke out in which he also intentionally assaulted two other women - Monoisa Duma and Thina Mopipa.

Final arguments for sentencing were heard on November 8.

At the time, State Prosecutor Anne-Marie Smith argued that Manana and his co-accused attacked one woman, calling for a "harsh" sentence.

These three grown men assaulted one woman. Manana saw it fit to assault this woman too and then assaulted another woman too."

Smith described this as a "barbaric act".

She said that Manana - who indicated that alcohol played a role in the assault - needs "correctional supervision" where he won't be allowed to consume alcohol.

Manana's lawyer Michael Motsoeneng Bill argued that the word "isitabane" was used for many years to oppress the gay community.

Bill said Manana was provoked and that Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy must consider certain circumstances in this regard.

He argued for a sentence of 12 months imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years.

Bill said this should be subject to Manana attending a rehabilitation programme and doing 500 hours of community service.

Source: News24

More on This

Former Higher Education Minister to Hear His Fate

Former deputy minister of higher education and training Mduduzi Manana will hear his fate on Monday when the Randburg… Read more »

Copyright © 2017 News24Wire. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.