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Newsflash: Manana sentenced to 12 months in prison or R100k fine

14 November 2017

The former higher education minister has avoided a prison sentence for assaulting three women and remains a Member of Parliament.

Mduduzi Manana, 33, quit his job in August as deputy minister for higher education after he was charged over the assault, which was caught on camera and circulated widely on social media.

The charges relate to the assault of three women at Cubana in Fourways on August 6. But what allegedly triggered his attack on the women‚ was one of them making a comment that "he is gay".

Manana, wearing a smart grey and maroon checked suit, smiled as Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy handed down sentencing. In total, he will have to pay over R26,000 to the victims, in addition to the R100,000 fine. He'll have to do 500 hours of community service and enter an anger management programme, but he'll never serve time: His lawyer said that he could pay the R100,000 on Tuesday.

Advocacy group Sonke Gender Justice slammed the sentence as "inappropriate and disappointing" - in a country where violence against women is endemic.

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"If you compare the pain and everything else that we've been through to Manana's sentence; it doesn't balance".

"A jail time would have been much an acceptable punishment", he said.

In the previous court sitting, state prosecutor Anne-Marie Smith argued that Manana and his co-accused attacked one woman, calling for a "harsh" sentence.

Some women could be heard ululating in joy outside the courthouse, as Manana left the building. He said Manana could still be a productive and useful member of society.

Newsflash: Manana sentenced to 12 months in prison or R100k fine