Former Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana has been sentenced to one year in jail or a fine of R100,000 at the Randburg Magistrates Court for assaulting two women at a Johannesburg nightclub.
The fine is payable on Tuesday.
Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy also ordered Manana to undergo community service.
“Mr Manana is to complete 500 hours of community service at the organisation called Valued Citizen Initiative.”
His victims will also receive compensation.
“Mr Manana is to compensate the following victims namely Noluthando Mahlaba an amount of R5, 014.20; Mandisa Duma an amount of R20,263.34 and Thina Mapipa an amount of R1,403.92.”
He's pleaded guilty to three charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after he was caught on camera violently hitting two women outside Cubana nightclub.
A video of the crime went viral, prompting calls for harsh punishment.
Manana’s supporters wearing African National Congress T-shirts broke out in song outside the court following his sentencing.
Manana says he’s taken full responsibility for his actions and is remorseful.
Magistrate Reddy says he considered Manana’s display of remorse during sentencing.