Former Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana has been sentenced to one year in jail or a fine of R100,000 at the Randburg Magistrates Court for assaulting two women at a Johannesburg nightclub.
Manana was also ordered to complete 500 hours of community service.
“Mr Manana is to complete 500 hours of community service at the organisation called Valued Citizen Initiative.”
The women will also receive compensation.
“Mr Manana is to compensate the following victims namely Noluthando Mahlaba an amount of R5, 014.20; Mandisa Duma an amount of R20,263.34 and Thina Mapipa an amount of R1,403.92.”
He pleaded guilty to three charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after he was caught on camera violently hitting two women outside Cubana nightclub.
Manana on indefinte leave
Eyewitness News reports that Manana has been on indefinite leave as a Member of Parliament since it emerged he had assaulted three women.
African National Congress Parliamentary spokesperson Nonceba Mhlauli told EWN Mduduzi Manana requested a leave of absence after assault charges were laid against him.
Mhlauli says the party’s chief whip Jackson Mthembu approved Manana’s request for leave, pending the finalisation of the counselling and therapy he chose to undergo, as well as the finalisation of court proceedings against him.