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Mduduzi Manana pleads guilty to assault

Story from: The Daily Vox

Former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana has pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm. Manana was in court on Wednesday on charges relating to the assault of two women at a Fourways nightclub on August 6. He will be sentenced on November 7.

Manana came under fire last month after admitting to assaulting one of the women. He claimed he had been provoked by comments made about his sexuality.

Video of the assault circulated online, but Manana only handed himself over to police four days later. He was granted R5 000 bail by the Randburg Magistrates Court. It was another fortnight before Manana, facing growing pressure from the public as well as senior ANC leaders, Manana resigned. He remains a member of parliament.

Second arrest
In a dramatic turn, a second suspect from the Fourways attack was arrested in court after one of the victims identified him to police. The man was in court to support Manana.

#NotInMyName activists also clashed with Manana’s supporters in court and accused them of encouraging women abuse.

 

Around 50 students had gathered outside the court in support of Manana. The students said they were satisfied with Manana’s apology, and believed he should be freed, and offered support for his efforts to make amends. Several people wearing DA shirts also gathered outside the court to protest against Manana.

This story will be updated as more details become available.

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