was on Thursday, May 11 sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the
Johannesburg High Court for the murder of his girlfriend.
Nosipho Mandleleni‚ whom he beat to death with a sjambok and broomstick
in the room they shared in Yeoville‚ Johannesburg‚ in September 2015.
14-month trial explained that Nosipho had died of exsanguination,
meaning that she bleed to death as a result of her severe injuries.
Judge Ismail had previously commented that Wisani’s attack on Nosipho
was so malicious, that he had “beat her like a master would a slave.”
sentencing, prosecutor Faghre Mohamed asked Wisani, who was under
cross-examination, whether or not he was remorseful for his violent
actions. Wisani, who maintained his innocence, replied that he did not
understand what “remorseful meant” adding:
“The court should apply its
mind to my sentence, they need to be reasonably lenient toward me and
“The ANC taught me from a young age that women should not be
justice. The trial, which endured a number of postponements, was closely
monitored by civil society including Sonke Gender Justice, Awethu!,
Peace and Justice, Lawyers for Human Rights, People Opposing Women
Abuse, and the Inner City Women’s Forum.
intimidation after he assaulted Mandleleni’s twin sister‚ Siphokazi
Mandleleni‚ and her friend‚ Zimbini Mathibe‚ outside a club in
Johannesburg on May 22 this year. He threatened Siphokazi not to testify against him. His R3000 bail was revoked for contravening his bail conditions.
imprisonment for murder‚ one year for intimidation and another year for
assault. The sentences will run concurrently.
“The manner in which the deceased was beaten indicates that he [Wisani] was propelled by anger.“The deceased’s death was not instantaneous. It was a painful and agonising‚ slow death‚” said Ismail.
“His behaviour shows disdain towards women. It has no place in our constitutional dispensation.”
said she would not be able to get closure without knowing her sister’s
last words: “I’m not happy with Patrick Wisani’s 20 years sentence. He
We would have wanted a harsher sentence for such a
despicable crime, however we hope that the 20 year sentence sends a
clear deterrent message that violence against women will not be
tolerated, no matter who the perpetrator is and no matter what their
connections to police and government officials.”