Former deputy minister of higher education, Mduduze Manana has two previous convictions for theft
JOHANNESBURG, The state has revealed that former deputy minister of higher education, Mduduzi Manana, has two previous convictions of theft dating back to 2004 and 2005.
The revelations were made in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, the second day of sentencing of the former deputy minister who pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for hitting two women at a Cubana nightclub earlier this year.
A public uproar eventually led to him stepping down from his position as deputy minister.
The case against Manana is continuing today after it was postponed on Tuesday when Michael Motswaneng Bill, appearing for Manana, told the court that they had only received the probation officer’s report on Monday, and the correctional services report on Tuesday morning, which meant they had not been able to review both the reports.
State prosecutor Anne-Marie Smith agreed with the defence to postpone the matter.
Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy questioned what had happened during the course of an eight-week postponement.
“There was a lot of consultation to do and the time granted was not enough,” Smith replied. The case is continuing.
– African News Agency (ANA)