Ex-ANCYL leader guilty of flog­ging lover to death

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — For­mer ANC Youth League leader Pa­trick Wisani has been found guilty of his girl­friend’s mur­der by the High Court sit­ting in Rand­burg on Mon­day.

Wisani sjam­bokked 24-year-old Nosipho Man­dele­leni to death at their home in Yeoville in Septem­ber last year. She died on the scene as a re­sult of her in­juries.

Wisani de­nied he as­saulted her. He also de­nied that there had been an ar­gu­ment be­tween him­self and the de­ceased.

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

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

Judge Mo­hamed Is­mail said he had looked at the to­tal­ity of the ev­i­dence pre­sented dur­ing the trial be­fore mak­ing his de­ci­sion.

He said the court re­jected the ac­cused’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 a group of 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. — Sapa

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