The last witness in the state’s case against murder-accused former ANC Youth League official Patrick Wisani is expected to take the stand today before prosecutor Faghre Mohamed closes his case. Mohamed will call to the stand the doctor who performed the post-mortem on Wisani’s slain girlfriend, Nosipho Mandleleni.
Wisani, who is defending himself in the trial, claims he could not have murdered his girlfriend, who was allegedly beaten to death with a sjambok and a broomstick, because he only arrived at their Yeoville home after she had died.
Two witnesses, including the deceased’s twin sister Siphokazi Mandleleni, told the court last week that Nosipho, who is thought to have died in the early hours of the morning of September 5 last year, was screaming at around 4am. Evidence brought before the court last week by two technical experts who examined Wisani’s cellphone records placed him in the vicinity of the home from about 1am.
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But Wisani challenged the evidence after some of the records indicated he had left the scene. The order of events, according to Mandleleni’s twin, were that she (Siphokazi) went out clubbing in Hillbrow and returned to the commune she shared with Wisani, her sister and another witness after midnight on September 5.
She was woken at around 4am by her sister’s crying and screaming. She knocked on her sister’s door and the murder-accused allegedly opened it. She said he was holding a bloodied broomstick. Mandleleni’s sister said she told Wisani she was “tired of him always beating her sister” and asked him to stop.
She said Wisani agreed to stop beating her sister, then closed the door and locked it. Hours later, while Siphokazi was with a friend, she received a call informing her her sister had died.
Siphokazi also alleged that in May this year, she and a friend were beaten up by Wisani, who also told her he would kill her “like he killed her sister”.