Murder-accused ex-ANCYL official out on bail, despite allegedly assaulting witness

2016-06-15 19:12
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 - A High Court judge has allowed a former ANC Youth League official, accused of sjambokking his girlfriend to death, to remain out on bail, despite allegedly assaulting a witness.

Patrick Wisani appeared briefly in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Wednesday.

Wisani allegedly killed his girlfriend Nosipho Mandleleni, 24, at a home they shared in Yeoville in September last year.

An arrest warrant was executed when he arrived at the court after the State said during the last court appearance that he had violated his bail conditions. It is alleged that Wisani threatened to kill the twin sister of Mandleleni, Siphokazi, in the same manner he had killed her.

According to IOL, the investigating officer, Warrant Officer John Monyai, on a previous occasion had revealed the details of the attack, which took place when Siphokazi and a friend left a club in Nugget Street, Doornfontein.

It was reported that Wisani approached Siphokazi and threatened her by saying he would kill her like her twin sister if she did not withdraw the murder charge against him, and did not testify.

The woman was then slapped by Wisani and dragged along the ground, before a passing motorist intervened and gave her a lift home.

The former ANCYL official, who resigned in February pending the outcome of the trial, will not have to return to custody after the State applied for an application to have his bail revoked.

Although the defence stated that they would not oppose the State's application, as they acknowledge that Wisani breached his bail conditions, acting Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng cancelled the arrest warrant and said that Wisani would remain out on bail.

Wisani handed himself over to the police two days after the elleged murder.

At the time of the murder, Wisani was the ANC Youth League chairperson for the Johannesburg Inner City branch. 

Wisani is out on R3 000 bail.

The trial will proceed on August 1.

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