Johannesburg – While appearing at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court for sentencing, it was revealed that former deputy minister of higher education and training Mduduzi Manana had two previous convictions for theft – one of which was for stealing a can of Coke.State prosecutor Anne-Marie Smith spilled the details of Manana’s previous convictions in court.The convictions date back to 2004 and 2005.Manana paid a fine of R500 after admitting to guilt.His lawyer, Michael Motsoeneng Bill, confirmed that one of the theft convictions was for 'a can of Coke'.Twitter had mixed reactions to the news. Lawyer Michael Bill says the previous conviction of theft against #MduduziManana was “a can of coke.” @TeamNews24— Iavan Pijoos (@iavanpijoos) November 8, 2017 Ini? Smalanyana Coke? Eeeh..you see...eeeeh, nobody must say...ehhhh, they hav no smalanyana skeletons...eeehhh....I rest my brains?????????? pic.twitter.com/ovTk0mW0AN— ThembuChief (@kebza1) November 8, 2017 Mduduzi Manana has two previous convictions of theft, (one of which he stole a can of coke) #MduduziManana pic.twitter.com/j22AG6z1w8— Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) November 8, 2017 That's probably how he survived under @SAPresident cabinet. @dailymaverick please help the country with background check on all cabinet members. We just discovered there was a thief among them ??— Dithabana (@LegongD) November 8, 2017 Manana was convicted on three charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after he pleaded guilty in September to assaulting three women at the Cubana in Fourways, Johannesburg in August. The video of the incident went viral on social media.