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Sat Aug 27 15:32:15 CAT 2016

ANCYL sjambok murder-accused case goes to high court

Roxanne Henderson | 25 February, 2016 15:32
Members of advocacy organisation Sonke Gender Justice protest outside the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court where Patrick Wisani appeared for allegedly beating his girlfriend to death with a sjambok. The protestors chanted: “No to killings. No to slap of love. No to sjambokking.”
Image by: Roxanne Henderson

ANC Youth League official Patrick Wisani‚ accused of beating his girlfriend to death with a sjambok‚ has been served with an indictment transferring his case to the high court.

Wisani‚ 30‚ appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday. He is out on bail.

He faces a murder charge for allegedly killing Nosipho Mandleleni‚ 24‚ in September at the home they shared in Yeoville.

According to the indictment Wisani assaulted Mandleleni with a sjambok and a stick. Emergency services were called to the scene but by the time they arrived Mandleleni was dead.

According to the indictment the cause of death was blunt force injuries.

Wisani‚ who claims he called emergency services for help that morning‚ turned himself in to police two days after Mandleleni's death.

Wisani‚ who is the ANC Youth League's chairman for inner city Johannesburg‚ is also a community policing forum member and was banned from Yeoville by the court to prevent him interfering with witnesses.

Seven witnesses are listed in the indictment by the prosecution‚ including Mandleneni's twin sister Siphokazi who lived in the same home as the couple.

A trial date will be set next month after defence lawyer Mpho Selepe asked for a postponement. He said he needed time to find an advocate to represent Wisani at the high court on trial dates proposed by the prosecution.

Members of advocacy organisation Sonke Gender Justice protested outside the courthouse and handed out flyers to create awareness around gender-based violence.

The case returns to court on March 7.

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