Former Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana has been sentenced to 12 month in prison or a R100 000 fine by the Randburg Magistrate’s Court north of Johannesburg.

Manana pleaded guilty to assaulting three women at a Johannesburg night in August.  He is also required to pay over R26 000 in compensation to the victims.

Magistrate Elvis Reddy says crime committed against the women has left them humiliated. He said he regarded Manana as a first time offender, as his two previous theft convictions happened a long time ago and were also unrelated to the current offences.

The Magistrate said it was important for the court to hand down a prohibitive sentence but to also balance the crime, impact and community outrage. Manana will also serve 500 hours of community service. He has also been found unfit to hold a firearm.

 

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