Former ANC Youth League official Patrick Wisani has claimed in court that several state witnesses were “conspiring against him” because of personal vendettas.
Murder accused Wisani, who took the stand yesterday, is defending himself on a count of the murder of his girlfriend Nosipho Mandleleni in September last year and two counts of assault earlier this year.
This is after he failed to convince Judge Mohamed Ismail the evidence against him was not credible due to discrepancies in the statements and testimonies of the deceased’s twin sister Siphokazi Mandleleni, their housemate Zukiswa Solani, Police Captain Nomonde Qilingane and his ex-girlfriend Zimbini Mathibe.
Wisani cited previous cases where a discharge was granted on the basis of testimonies where “no reasonable court would accept them”. Judge Ismail ruled in the prosecution’s favour, saying he would state his reasons in his judgment of the trial.
Wisani’s account of events include that he returned to the room he shared with Mandleleni at about 5am, that he tried o speak to his girlfriend, but only received a mumble in response. He said he elected not to lie on the bed with her because he wanted to watch TV and take a nap on the couch, but also because his religious and cultural believes discouraged him from sleeping next to a woman who is menstruating.
He claimed he knew she was on her period because she had asked him for sanitary towels some days earlier.