Manana pleads guilty to 3 counts of assault, second suspect arrested

Police say one of the victims of that attack pointed out a man attending the proceedings, claiming he was involved in the assault.

Mduduzi Manana leaves Randburg Magistrates Court on 13 September 2017.  Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana has pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Manana's appearing in the Randburg Magistrates court today - after beating two women outside a Joburg nightclub last month.

Meanwhile - a second suspect has been arrested in connection with the case.

Police say one of the victims of that attack today pointed out a man attending the proceedings - who she claims was involved in the assault.

Police say the 35-year-old man was arrested at the Randburg Magistrates Court earlier in connection with the case.

The police’s Kay Makhubela says they immediately approached the man when one of the victims of the assault pointed him out.

“It happened in the Randburg Magistrates Court after one of the victims who were part of the assault pointed him out that he was involved in the assault and that’s when the police arrested him.”

Makhubela says the man will face the same charges as Manana and will appear in court soon.

SENTENCING IN TWO MONTHS

Manana is due to be sentenced in two months’ time.

A relaxed looking Manana says he admits to all that happened and has chosen to plead guilty, as he believes justice must be served.

He says that he has apologised to the victims he hurt and will do so again after he’s sentenced.

“I am barred from talking to the family members so I expect to have an engagement or apologise formally once this process has come to some finality. But otherwise, once again I truly apologise to the nation.”

In the meantime, the ex-deputy minister’s bail has been extended.

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(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)