The high court sitting in Randburg has found Former ANC Youth League leader Patrick Wisani guilty of murdering his girlfriend Nosipho Mandleleni.
Mandleleni died in September 2015 at the crime scene as a result of her injuries after Wisani injured her with a broomstick and sjambok at their home in Yeoville.
The former ANCYL leader was also found guilty of the lesser charges of assault and intimidation of state witness and Nosipho’s twin sister, Siphokazi, and of her friend, Zimbini Mathibe.
Nosipho’s twin sister Siphokazi told the law court that Wisani had assaulted and threatened to kill her like he killed her sister if she stands to testify against him in the court.
The deceased’s twin also testified that on the night of the murder, she heard her sister screaming frantically inside Wisani’s room. She also disclosed that when the former ANCYL leader finally opened the door, she saw him with a blood-bathed broomstick.
He allegedly assaulted Siphokazi, and her friend, Zimbini Mathibe in May in a bid to prevent the former from testifying against him in the murder trial.
Speaking at the law court, Judge Mohamed Ismail said his decision to fling away Wisani’s version of events and convict him stemmed from the totality of the evidence presented during the trial.
The legal practitioner also told the convict to obtain legal representation for his sentencing, since he opted to conduct his own defense throughout the proceedings.
Throughout the judgment, Wisani was spotted sitting with his head down inside the dock and taking notes as the judge reads out his charges.
Prior to his arrest, Patrick Wisani was the chairperson of an ANC Youth League branch in the inner Johannesburg area.