Manana assault co-accused return to court

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File: Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana delivers an address at a Youth Development Expo at the Halala Community Hall, Block H, in Soshanguve, Pretoria.

JOHANNESBURG – Sentencing proceedings against former Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana’s two co-accused will resume in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Thulani Mdaka and Cyril Madonsela have been convicted of two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

They assaulted three woman at the Cubana nightclub in August.

The duo pleaded guilty to the charges in October.

Manana was already sentenced to 12 months imprisonment or a fine of R100,000.

READ: Manana promises to comply with court order

Not In My Name South Africa chairperson Siyabulela Jentile says that while he is disappointed, Monday’s ruling isn&39;t entirely surprising.

"I&39;d be lying if I say we are surprised. This was just a slap on the hand for us, as a movement.”

State prosecutor Yusuf Baba asked the court to consider a sentence that would send a very strong message.

Manana in a resignation letter said: “I had the opportunity to reflect on the matter and consequent to such reflection, I have decided on my own to step down from the position of Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training in the Republic of South Africa and have communicated my decision with the President.”

Manana also has two previous convictions, including one for stealing a cold drink.