ANCYL official accused of killing girlfriend testifies

2016-08-08 18:14

Johannesburg – The former ANCYL official accused of beating his girlfriend to death claimed he found her in bed, but did not think to check on her when she did not respond to him, he testified in his murder trial on Monday.  

Patrick Wisani told the High Court sitting in Randburg that he arrived home from an ANCYL congress in Midrand after 05:00 on September 4 last year. He was the ANCYL’s chairperson for the Johannesburg inner city at the time.

Two State witnesses have testified that Wisani was at the scene of crime around 04:00 and that he and Nosipho Mandleleni, 24, had argued in the room they shared in Yeoville.  

Wisani said when she did not respond to him, he sat down to watch television and dozed off. He only realized that something was wrong when he woke up around 07:00. He said he had tried to wake her up, but she did not respond. 

Last week, pathologist Robert Mude, who performed the postmortem, said Mandleleni had died of blunt-force injuries and loss of blood. She had defensive wounds on her hands and her blood was found on the wall of the room. The broken broom and a sjambok found in the room could have been the murder weapons.

Earlier this year, Wisani's bail was revoked and he was charged with two counts of assault after he allegedly intimidated two witnesses, including Mandleleni's twin sister Siphokazi. 

The trial was postponed to Wednesday.


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