- Former deputy minister of higher education and training, Mduduzi Manana, has once again become involved in a bar fight
- Manana allegedly tried to stop a fight between his friend Malusi Zondo and Sakhile “Biggie” Thusi at Cubana nightclub in Fourways, Johannesburg
- The former deputy minister was convicted on 3 charges of assault in September 2017
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Former deputy minister of higher education and training Mduduzi Manana has allegedly been involved in another nightclub fight. The incident took place at Cubana in Fourways, Johannesburg, the same place where Manana assaulted three women in August last year.
Manana is alleged to have tried to stop an argument between his friend Malusi Zondo and Sakhile “Biggie” Thusi from escalating after the two men had a heated exchange of words.
Ultimately Manana’s efforts were unsuccessful when Thusi allegedly slapped Zondo across the face and tried to stab him with a broken bottle. The two men eventually ended up in a fully-fledged brawl outside of the club.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Thusi claimed after the fight to have repeatedly hit Zondo in the face, knocked him down and beat him until Zondo ran away.
Zondo has opened a case of assault against Thusi and describes the incident as a brutal assault, during which he was virtually beaten to a pulp.
Thusi has since opened his own case of assault against Zondo and said Zondo had provoked him earlier in the night with comments to some of his friends.
Thusi says Zondo had asked one of his friends how they could allow themselves to be associated with someone like Thusi.
Zondo has disputed Thusi’s version of events and denies that he had ever tried to provoke him. Thusi was released on bail and will appear in court during the course of this week on charges of assault.
Manana has not made any public statements about the incident. He received a suspended sentence and a fine in November last year, after pleading guilty to three charges of assault.
Manana was thrust into the national centre stage when a video of him committing the assault went viral on social media. He eventually resigned from his position as deputy minister, but has controversially remained a Member of Parliament (MP) for the ANC.
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