Ex-ANCYL leader to be sentenced for brutal murder

2016-11-22 20:06
Patrick Wisani in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

Patrick Wisani in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

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Johannesburg - Former African National Congress Youth League leader Patrick Wisani will be sentenced on December 12 for sjambokking his girlfriend to death.

The date was set in the High Court sitting in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Yusuf Baba said the sentencing procedure was expected to take a day.

Wisani was found guilty of the murder of Nosipho Mandeleleni on Monday. He sjambokked the 24-year-old to death at their home in Yeoville in September 2015.

She died on the scene as a result of her injuries. Wisani denied he assaulted her and that the couple had argued.

He was subsequently arrested for her death and released on bail pending further investigation into the matter.

Witnesses assaulted

READ: Former ANCYL leader found guilty of sjambokking girlfriend to death

During this time he allegedly threatened and assaulted two State witnesses and as a result his bail was revoked.

Judge Mohamed Ismail on Monday said he had looked at the totality of the evidence presented during the trial before making his decision and rejected Wisani's version of events.

Ismail said Wisani, who had opted to conduct his own defence throughout the proceedings, should obtain legal representation for his sentencing.

Dressed in black jeans, a blue T-shirt with white stripes and a green jacket, Wisani took notes as the judgment was read out.

The gallery was filled with activists wearing purple T-shirts with the words "Stop Violence Against Women Abuse" printed on them.

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

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