Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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25 Oct 2016
5:35 am

Wisani out to prove state has no case

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Wisani wants to prove the state does not have a prima facie case against him, despite witnesses testifying against him.

Patrick Wisani in court| Supplied

Former ANC Youth League official Patrick Wisani is expected to make an application to have the murder and assault charges against him withdrawn in terms of Section 174 of the Criminal Procedures Act today.

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Wisani, who is defending himself in the state’s case which accuses him of beating his girlfriend Nosipho Mandleleni to death with a broomstick and a sjambok last year, dropped a bombshell in court yesterday after the closing of the state’s case.

He said he would not be presenting a case in his defence, but rather wants to prove the state does not have a prima facie case against him.

Witnesses Zimbini Mathibe and the deceased’s twin sister, Siphokazi Mandleleni, both allege that Wisani confessed to the crime by stating that he would kill Siphokazi “like he killed his sister” during an alleged assault of the pair by Wisani in May this year.

Dr Robert Ngude yesterday described the nature of the injuries which led to the violent death of 24-year-old Nosipho Mandleni allegedly at the hands of Wisani.

Before closing the state’s case against Wisani, prosecutor Faghre Mohamed asked Ngude to explain, according to her injuries, what could have happened between Mandleleni and her assailant in the Yeoville home she shared with Wisani.

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Ngude confirmed that the possible cause of death was excessive blood loss, as well as blunt force trauma.

The trial continues.