Former ANCYL leader to learn his fate today

By Drum Digital
21 November 2016

Former Johannesburg Inner City ANCYL leader Patrick Wisani will know his fate today when Justice Mohamed Ismail hands down judgement on a charge of murder at the South Gauteng High Court.

By Aphiwe Boyce

Wisani is accused of slashing his girlfriend, Nosipho Mandleleni, to detah with a sjambok in September last year. It’s alleged Wisani assaulted Nosipho to death with a broom stick too in a flat in Yeoville. His R3 000 bail was revoked earlier this year after he allegedly assaulted Nosipho’s twin, Sipokazi, and her friend, Zimbini Mathibe, after they left a club in Johannesburg in an apparent attempt to intimidate Sipokazi into not testifying against him.

Testifying in court, forensic pathologist Dr Robert Gabriel Ngude said Nosipho died because of excessive loss of blood and blunt force trauma. Ngude stated that a broom stick and sjambok found on the murder scene were consistent with his findings of the blunt force trauma.

Despite the very real threats to their own safety, three women – including Sipokazi – have bravely given evidence for the State against Wisani. The accused, who conducted his own defence, allegedly attempted to intimidate them and discredit their testimonies, suggesting that they, the police and everyone else involved, were all in a conspiracy against him. But they stuck to their stories, refusing to be frightened into withdrawing from the case. Yeoville Bellevue’s No to Gender Based Violence Coalition has hailed them for their courage.

The trial today will be attended by representatives from a range of civil society organisations, including Powa, Sonke Gender Justice, Awethu!, Justice and Peace, Lawyers for Human Rights, the Inner City Women’s Forum and others.

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