Bill said this should be subject to Manana attending a rehabilitation programme and doing 500 hours of community service.
Manana‚ who has two previous theft convictions‚ including stealing a soft drink‚ faced three counts of assault to cause grievous bodily harm‚ after he admitted to attacking three women at a restaurant in Fourways‚ north of Johannesburg.
Being called a "stabane" (gay) did not give former deputy education minister Mduduzi Manana the right to assault three women in a Johannesburg nightclub, a Randburg magistrate said as he sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment or a fine of R100 000 on Monday.
Manana was also ordered to compensate the victims for the medical costs and damages to property they incurred due to the attack.
The three women are Mandisa Duma‚ Noluthando Mahlaba and Thina Mopipa. Reddy said the attack included a "great degree of violence" so Manana was deemed unfit to possess a firearm, which his counsel argued against. He said Manana could still be a productive and useful member of society.
Magistrate Ramsamy Reddy sentenced Manana to either a year's imprisonment or an R100,000 fine, along with 500 hours of community service. A scuffle broke out between the two parties' supporters.
His supporters, some of whom were clad in ANC regalia, started singing and dancing in the Randburg Magistrate's Court when it became clear he would not go to prison. He was replaced as deputy higher education and training minister by Buti Manamela.