Sydney Mufamadi denies ordering re-opening of Stompie Seipei probe

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Former Safety and Security Minister Sydney Mufamadi yesterday denied that he had reopened a criminal investigation into the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, as alleged in the 2017 documentary Winnie.

He also revealed that the case, which led to Madikizela-Mandela appearing before the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC), was requested by former DA leader, then leader of the Democratic Party, Tony Leon.

Kidnapping and murder charges were brought against Mam' Winnie in 1995 despite the Mandela Football Club coach and police informer, Jerry Richardson, already serving jail time for Seipei's murder.

His body was found near the Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home in 1989.

The award-winning documentary by Pascale Lamche showed how a propaganda plan was allegedly orchestrated by apartheid government leaders, journalists as well as some people within the ANC, to weaken her politically.

He questioned the ethics of those behind this documentary, saying he was not given an opportunity by the documentary filmmakers to respond to the allegations.

On Monday morning, Mufamadi shed light on his alleged involvement tarnishing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's image.

I still maintain that those of us who fought for the liberation of this country alongside comrade Winnie are the authorities of what happened.

This comes after the documentary by Pascal Lamche, titled Winnie - which was aired on eNCA last Wednesday - fuelled calls for Mufamadi to account for his role in re-opening investigations surrounding the murder of anti-Apartheid activist, Stompie Sepei.

Fivas clarified earlier this month that there was no evidence connecting Madikizela-Mandela to Seipei's murder.

The documentary also claims that Mufamadi pressured the first police chief in the new democracy, George Fivaz, to reopen the case.

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