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R100k fine for Manana plus community service

R100k fine for Manana plus community service

The charges relate to the assault of three women at Cubana in Fourways on August 6.

The women had had a drink with him and referred to him as gay.

A video of the assault surfaced on social media and sparked widespread condemnation.

A large group of supporters clad in the governing African National Congress (ANC) party filled the gallery and broke into song and dance after the sentencing.

"These three grown men assaulted one woman".

Smith described this as a "barbaric act". Reddy noted that despite the severity of Manana's actions, which had taken place during Women's Month, Manana had proven himself to be a "constructive citizen of society", because he had taken responsibility for his actions by enrolling in counselling sessions to deal with his anger.

"Where is the punishment if Manana is fined?"

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She said the function of a proper sentence was to address the wrong doings.

The EFF wanted a harsher sentence for Manana.

His sentencing was handed down in courtroom one at the Randburg Magistrates' Court this afternoon by Judge Ramsamy Reddy. In total, he will have to pay over R26,000 to the victims, in addition to the R100,000 fine.

Manana's lawyer Michael Motsoeneng Bill argued that the word "isitabane" was used for many years to oppress the gay community.

He argued for a sentence of 12 months imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years.

He also ordered him to perform 500 hours of community service and pay the medical costs incurred by the victims, as well as compensation for shoes and jewellery damaged in the incident.