Mduduzi Manana to learn sentencing fate

Manana will find out on Monday whether he will serve time for assaulting three women.

FILE: Mduduzi Manana leaves the Randburg magistrates court on 7 November  2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana will learn his fate on Monday in the Randburg magistrates court where he is due to be sentenced for assault.

He admitted to beating three women at a Johannesburg restaurant shortly after footage of the attack went viral in August.

During arguments in mitigation of sentence last week, it was revealed that Manana has two previous convictions of theft.

A social worker, who consulted Manana and the women, told the court last week that the victims had suffered both physical and emotional pain, and were seeking R100,000 as compensation.

She, however, recommended that Manana pay for their medical bills which amounted to nearly R40,000 and serve 1,000 of community service.

Manana himself pleaded for a lenient sentence, saying he is remorseful for his actions.

He also believes that alcohol may have played a role in the manner in which he reacted when he assaulted the women.