D Day for Mduduzi Manana

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Former Higher Education Deputy Minister, Mduduzi Manana, will know his fate following his assault convictions, on Monday.

Manana has pleaded guilty to assaulting three women at a Johannesburg night club in August.

His lawyer, Michael Motsoeneng Bill, has asked that Manana be sentenced to 12 months imprisonment wholly suspended for 5 years; on condition he does not commit a similar offence during that period.

Manana offered to compensate the women, do community service and pay a R100 000 fine.

He has asked the court to impose a 12 month suspended sentence – suspended for five years and has agreed to pay compensation to his three assault victims.

The state is calling for house arrest, saying that there should be retribution beyond community service.

Manana has offered to do 500 hours of community service, compensate the victims and submit to a probation officer in addition to paying a 100 -thousand rand fine.

His victims have asked for R300 000 in compensation, in addition to paying medical and cosmetic bills.

The women submitted bills of over 26-thousand rand which include hair and nail treatment and a 5000 rand weave which will cost over 900 rand to be fitted.

One of the women says she suffered hair loss and needs treatment totaling 3000 rand.

The state wants Manana to do 1000 hours of community service as recommended by the probation officer and to be put under house-arrest.

It also wants the court to make an order declaring Manana unfit to hold a firearm licence.

It also emerged that Manana has two previous convictions for theft, including stealing a can of coke in 2004.

He said he could not remember a similar conviction in 2005 where he was also fined R500. Sentencing will be heard on Monday afternoon.