Mduduzi Manana welcomes judgement on his assault case

Lesson for Grace Mugabe if she stand trial, Manana escapes jail time for assault

Court slams $7000 fine on ex-minister for assaulting women

In passing the sentence, Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy lambasted Manana saying the degree of violence displayed by Manana in a public space was not becoming of a person of his stature.

Former deputy minister of higher education and training Mduduzi Manana will hear his fate on Monday when the Randburg Magistrates' Court is expected to hand down sentence in his assault case.

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

Reddy added that being called a "stabane" did not call for Manana to assault Mandisa Duma, Noluthando Mahlaba and Thina Mopipa.

Manana also has to compensate the woman he attacked, amounting to more than R20,000 in total.

The magistrate said the incident had "undoubtedly caused the victims great trauma and humiliation" before he handed him a 100,000-rand fine - the equivalent of $6,878 - or an option of a 12-month sentence. Reddy noted that despite the severity of Manana's actions, which had taken place during Women's Month, Manana had proven himself to be a "constructive citizen of society", because he had taken responsibility for his actions by enrolling in counselling sessions to deal with his anger.

Manana still holds his position as ANC member of parliament.

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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. Soon afterwards, the student supporters broke out into song.

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