Mduduzi Manana Case Calls Criminal Sentencing Into Question

Lesson for Grace Mugabe if she stand trial, Manana escapes jail time for assault

Lesson for Grace Mugabe if she stand trial, Manana escapes jail time for assault

One of the women who was assaulted by former Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana has spoken out about the sentence handed down to him.

Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy sentenced Mduduzi Manana to either a year's imprisonment or an R100,000 fine, along with 500 hours of community service.

The three women are Mandisa Duma‚ Noluthando Mahlaba and Thina Mopipa.

In addition, he will also have to undergo an anger management programme and 500 hours of community service, starting Tuesday. She said Manana can easily fork out a fine of R100,000.

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

She said that Manana - who indicated that alcohol played a role in the assault - needs "correctional supervision" where he won't be allowed to consume alcohol. "This all indicates remorse on the part of Mr Manana".

"It was degrading for them as women to have experienced such a violent act", said the magistrate, noting that the victims' would have to continue to live with the humiliation of their public attack. The former deputy minister of higher education and training was appearing at his sentencing for three charges of assault with intent to perform grievous bodily harm.

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. A scuffle broke out between the two parties' supporters.

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