Sentencing for Manana assault co-accused

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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 - Sentencing proceedings will begin on Monday in the Randburg Magistrate&39;s Court in the assault case against the two co-accused of the former deputy higher education and training minister Mduduzi Manana.

In October, Thulani Mdaka and Cyril Madonsela pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

This after they participated in the August assault of three women at the Cubana nightclub in Fourways.

A video clip of Manana and his friends beating up Mandisa Duma, Thina Mopipa and Noluthando Mahlaba went viral on social media, resulting in a public outcry and calls for the deputy minister’s resignation.

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Manana subsequently quit and pleaded guilty to the assaults. 

On 13 November, Manana was sentenced to 12 months in prison or a fine of R100,000.

He also has to complete 500 hours of community service, attend counselling and pay each of the victims the damage claims that were submitted by the State.

- Additional reporting by African News Agency