Manana plans to plead guilty to assault charges

Mduduzi Manana faces two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for assaulting two women at a popular nightclub in Fourways, Joburg, in August.

Former deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana. Picture: City of Ekurhuleni.

JOHANNESBURG – Former Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana has confirmed that he plans to plead guilty to the assault charges against him.

But the National Prosecuting Authority needs to review the application first.

His case has now been moved to a new courtroom at the Randburg Magistrates Court and will be heard by a different magistrate.

Manana attacked two women at a Johannesburg night club last month.

Earlier, Manana’s lawyer Michael Motsoeneng Bill confirmed in court that he intends pleading guilty on both counts of assault.

The former deputy minister admits to slapping Mandisa Duma and another woman, but he initially defended his actions by saying he had been provoked.

A picket was held outside this court earlier by the Not In My Name organisation, students from various Gauteng universities and the Democratic Alliance.

Some picketing students believe Manana should be forgiven, but the Not In My Name organisation says that call is premature and he should undergo therapy.