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Revealed: Manana admits to previous theft convictions

Neo Goba

Former Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana (in green) enters the Randburg Magistrates Court in Johannesburg for sentencing. Manana was convicted of three charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Image: ALAISTER RUSSELL
Former Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana (in green) enters the Randburg Magistrates Court in Johannesburg for sentencing. Manana was convicted of three charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Image: ALAISTER RUSSELL

The Randburg Magistrate’s Court has heard that former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana has two previous theft convictions‚ one involving stealing a can of Coke.

This was revealed by the state as sentencing proceedings commenced on Wednesday after the matter was postponed on Tuesday.

His attorney‚ Michael Bill‚ had asked the court to postpone the matter to allow his defence team to study probation and correctional services reports.

Manana‚ 33‚ clad in a tailored green suit‚ white shirt‚ and black shoes‚ admitted to his conviction of stealing a can of Coke in May 2005. Manana said he had no recollection of a second theft in May 2005.

Manana will be sentenced later on Wednesday over three counts of assault to cause grievous bodily harm‚ after he earlier this year admitted to attacking two women at a restaurant in Fourways in the north of Johannesburg. He has pleaded guilty to all charges.

On August 6‚ Manana lost his cool after an argument over who should succeed President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s elective conference in December.

 

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