R100k fine for Manana plus community service

Sergio Conner
November 14, 2017

Reddy ordered him to undergo an anger-management programme and pay compensation to each of his victims; and declared him unfit to possess a firearm.

A South African court on Monday handed a $7,000 fine to former deputy minister after he pleaded guilty to assaulting three women in a nightclub after they referred to him as gay, a sentence that drew outrage from activists.

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.

Manana beat up three women at a restaurant in Fourways in August and pleaded guilty to the crime after a video went viral. In total, he will have to pay over R26,000 to the victims, in addition to the R100,000 fine.

"It is not expected by people in Mr Manana's position to take the law into their own hands without any consequences", said Reddy.

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Reddy ruled the former deputy minister would be treated as a first time offender despite two previous convictions of theft.

A scuffle broke out outside court between the ANC supporters and Economic Freedom Fighters members, who wanted Manana to be sentenced to jail time.

Manana was sentenced to 12 months in prison or a R100,000 fine for being convicted of three counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was replaced as deputy higher education and training minister by Buti Manamela.

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