Former higher education deputy minister Mduduzi Manana leaves the Randburg Magistrate's Court after an earlier appearance. File picture: Nokuthula Mbatha/ANA
Johannesburg - Police were dispatched to the Randburg Magistrate's Court, following the sentence of former deputy minister of education Mduduzi Manana.

The police were on high alert as the crowd was getting more aggressive, with some screaming " women beater" as Manana went to his car.

Manana has been ordered to undergo 500 hours of community service and pay compensation for all three victims as well as a fine of R100 000 or a year in prison.

The courtroom was filled with students who according to Mandisa Sibongile Chairperson of EFF, Gauteng, were rented by the ANC to support Manana. She said today was proof that of you are rich, you pay a fine and simply go unpunished.

"I'm extremely appalled and disgusted by today's sentencing and we will contact our lawyers to have the sentence revoked," she added.

A student the University of Johannesburg, said she was not supporting Manana or defending his actions. She said Manana was just a young leader who made a mistake and needed corrective punishment.

" I don't know about bring rented but I have been at all the court cases since they began," she said in response to Sibongile's accusations of the students being a rent-a-crowd.

It was also revealed that none of Manana's victims were in court today because he had allegedly threatened them.

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