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Manana's assault victims ready to meet with him

Former deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana was ordered to spend a year in jail or pay a fine of R100,000 for assaulting three women at a Fourways nightclub.

Former Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana at the Randburg magistrates court on 13 November 2017 for sentencing in his assault case. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Mduduzi Manana's assault victims said they were ready to meet the former deputy Higher Education Minister in an effort to find closure.

This week, Manana was ordered to spend a year in jail or pay a fine of R100,000 for assaulting three women at a Fourways nightclub.

During sentencing arguments, he said he would reach out to the women to apologise.

One of the victims of the assault, Mandisa Duma, told Eyewitness News that she was disappointed with the sentence as she had hoped Manana would spend time in jail.

However, she said the trio would welcome any efforts by Manana to meet with them.

“I think we need to just sit down and talk, then move on from the situation.”

Duma said that the experience changed them.

“You just never think it will ever happen to you or the people who are around you.”

The women said that they hoped Manana would get help so that he can help others.

It is understood Manana’s legal representatives made a cash payment at the Randburg magistrates court on Tuesday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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