Former deputy minister of Higher education Mduduzi Manana’s assault co-accused have each been sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment or a R30‚000 fine.
Magistrate Saras Naidoo passed sentence on the two men in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court‚ Johannesburg‚ on Tuesday.
Thulani Mdaka‚ 42 and Cyril Madonsela‚ 35‚ were convicted of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm for assaulting three women at a Johannesburg eatery‚ the Cubana‚ in August.
The duo must also render 300 hours of community service at the Douglasdale police station‚ and attend six hours of behavioural management programmes.
Naidoo said that the sentence is meant to serve justice and not to show anger towards the accused.
“Society is against violence‚ particularly the scourge of violence against women. However‚ the punishment was made from a perspective of justice and not anger towards the accused‚” she said.