Manana to be sentenced on Monday

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Former deputy of higher education and training minister Mduduzi Manana outside the Randburg Magistrate's Court where he was due to be sentenced on November 07, 2017 in Randburg.

JOHANNESBURG – It&39;s been a month since Mduduzi Manana pleaded guilty to three assault charges.

The former deputy minister of higher education will know his fate on Monday.

Mitigation of sentence kicked off with two key witnesses at the Randburg magistrate&39;s court.

A probation officer tabled a report recommending community service and R100,000 fine for the accused.

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The second witness, a correctional services officer, presented a report exploring house arrest as an option, which would restrict Manana.

But the state was clear and said community service was not sufficient punishment.

Prosecutors also rebutted the proposed fine and said the minister could easily afford it.

The victims have asked for about R100,000 compensation each.

This amount does not include the medical bills each incurred after the August assault.