Murder accused ex-ANCYL leader taken to wrong court

2016-09-08 13:35
Patrick Wisani at an earlier court appearance. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

Patrick Wisani at an earlier court appearance. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

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Johannesburg - Confusion reigned in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday where former ANC Youth League official Patrick Wisani was supposed to appear on a charge of murdering his girlfriend.

Wisani was due to appear in front of a new magistrate after Magistrate Andre Louw recused himself from the matter.

Louw made the decision to withdraw himself from the matter after both the defence and prosecution commented on his confused behaviour. Louw seemed to struggle to keep track of facts presented to the court. In some instances, he confused witnesses and seemed to battle to keep track of the events of that fateful day, as they were presented by the State.

On Thursday, Wisani was mistakenly transported to the Johannesburg High Court, where he had previously appeared.

State prosecutor Faghre Mohamed told journalists that the matter would now be postponed in the High Court until Friday, when he will once again be expected to appear in Randburg.

A group of activists against gender-based violence were present at the court.

Wisani was not the only one who did not make it to court - his new lawyer was not present either and did not answer phone calls from the State prosecutor.

Wisani allegedly sjambokked his girlfriend, Nosipho Mandeleleni, 24, to death in their home in Yeoville in September last year. She died on the scene.

Wisani was the chairperson of the ANC Youth League branch in the inner Johannesburg area prior to his arrest.

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