Being called a "stabane" (gay) did not give former deputy education minister Mduduzi Manana the right to assault three women in a Johannesburg nightclub, a Randburg magistrate said as he sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment or a fine of R100 000 on Monday.
His sentencing was handed down in courtroom one at the Randburg Magistrates' Court this afternoon by Judge Ramsamy Reddy.
Manana was also ordered to compensate the victims for the medical costs and damages to property they incurred due to the attack.
Manana had earlier pleaded guilty to assaulting Mandisa Duma, Noluthando Mahlaba and Thina Mapipa.
The magistrate said the incident had "undoubtedly caused the victims great trauma and humiliation" before he handed him a 100,000-rand fine - the equivalent of $6,878 - or an option of a 12-month sentence. He said being called "stabane" was degrading but did not justify Manana's actions.
In the previous court sitting, state prosecutor Anne-Marie Smith argued that Manana and his co-accused attacked one woman, calling for a "harsh" sentence. The former deputy minister of higher education and training was appearing at his sentencing for three charges of assault with intent to perform grievous bodily harm. They erupted into applause after the sentence was delivered and sung in support of Manana while outside of court EFF members protested against the former deputy minister. Soon afterwards, the student supporters broke out into song.
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