ANCYL man accused sjamboking girlfriend to death

By Drum Digital
10 September 2015

A member of the ANCYL's Gauteng branch faces charges of domestic violence and murder after he allegedly beat his girlfriend to death with a sjambok at the weekend

, the organisation said on Wednesday.

"The ANCYL in Gauteng notes with great regret the much reported about case of our ANCYL Inner City Zonal Chair, Mr Patrick Wisani who is alleged to have sjamboking his girlfriend to death," spokesperson Mbali Hlophe said.

Although Wisani should be considered innocent until proven guilty, the organisation did not tolerate any form of abuse whether it was committed and perpetuated by a member or not, she said.

"The growing levels of violence, and domestic violence in particular, in our country are worrisome to say the least. Domestic violence remains one of the most prevalent crimes in the country yet it remains hidden," Hlophe said.

One of the reasons causing domestic violence against women was the "patriarchal chauvinist mentality" of some men who believed they were superior to women.

"... And women are therefore their objects to use and abuse as they please."

The ANCYL questioned why Wisani's neighbours, who must have heard the woman's cries and screams, did not do anything to help the woman.

"What deeply concerns us with the case of the young woman who's life has prematurely been shortened, with the use of a sjambok, is where were the neighbours during her screams and cries for help?

"Have we become numb as a society to this abuse? Equally disturbing is the perpetrator's repetitive sjamboking of this young soul to her death," Hlophe said.

According to The Star, the incident took place in Yeoville on Saturday night when Wisani arrived home from an ANCYL congress in Midrand to find the woman was not there.

He allegedly searched for her and eventually found her. When the pair returned home, Wisani allegedly beat the woman repeatedly with a sjambok, The Star reported.

Wisani reportedly handed himself  over to the police on Monday, accompanied by his lawyer. He was due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, The Star reported.

It was not immediately clear whether or not his matter was heard.

Source: News24

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