FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN DEPUTY MINISTER GETS OFF WITH FINE FOR ASSAULTING THREE WOMEN

JOHANNESBURG, Former South African Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana has been sentenced to 12 month in prison or a 100,000-Rand (about6,900 US dollars) fine by the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, near here for assaulting three women at a Johannesburg night club in August.

Manana, who had pleaded guilty to assaulting the three women, is also required to pay more than 26,000 Rand in compensation to the victims and perform 500 hours of community service.

Sentencing was originally set for last week, but was postponed following arguments from the defence, and the State probation officer. In September, Manana pleaded guilty to three separate counts of assault at a Cubana restaurant at Cedar Square in Fourways, Johannesburg.

Manana was forced to admit his heavy-handed conduct when a video recording of the incident went viral. The incident cost him his deputy minister’s job but is seen as having got off lightly as he is able to avoid going to jail.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK