Media denied permission to broadcast #MduduziManana sentencing proceedings

Mduduzi Manana with his lawyer at the Randburg Magistrates' Court.

Attorney Ofentse Nkgwang represented the media in its application to broadcast sentencing proceedings in the matter of former Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana who pleaded guilty to assault.

Nkgwang submitted that it was in the public’s interest to have sentencing proceedings broadcast by the media. The attorney told the court that he represented several media houses. Nkgwang pointed out that Manana had already pleaded guilty to the offence.

The attorney also told the court that at the time of committing the offence, he occupied an important public office.

The defence objected to the media application. Michael Bill for the defence argued that the media failed to follow proper court processes in making their application. He accused the media of not respecting the justice system.

Bill said the application didn’t mention the names of media houses making the application. “If we are granted a cost order, who are we going to send it too. [Which] South African media houses?”

He told the court that a strong message needed to be sent to media houses if they want to be part of court processes.

The senior state prosecutor conceded that the media had failed to follow due process in making their application. She, however, pointed that there was great public interest in the case and suggested the court allows the media to record the sentencing judgment and not the sentencing proceedings. Bill vehemently objected.

Magistrate Elvis Reddy ruled that permission to record proceedings was denied, but added that media houses were welcome to make another submission to record the sentencing judgment later today.

This is a developing story. More details to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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