Winnie Mandela, the manager of the Mandela United Football Club, has died.
Madikizela-Mandela (to give her her full name), 81, the fraudulent, corrupt, kidnapping instigator of murder, who was also the former wife of anti-apartheid activist and campaigner, Nelson Mandela, died at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on April 2.
She was no stranger to controversy. During a speech in April 1986, she endorsed the practice of necklacing for those she regarded as 'informers'.
On 29 December 1988, she had Jerry Richardson, who was the Coach of the MUFC, abduct 14-year-old James Seipei (also known as Stompie Moeketsi) and three other youths from the home of a Methodist minister, Rev. Paul Verryn, claiming she suspected the reverend was sexually abusing them. He wasn't. The four were beaten to get them to 'admit' to having had sex with the minister. Stompie was accused of being an informer. He was killed, and was found in a field with stab wounds to the throat on 6 January 1989.
In 1991, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was found guilty of the kidnapping of Sepei, but got away with the rest. A key witness, Mr Katiza Cebekhulu, who was going to testify that Madikizela-Mandela had killed Stompie, was kidnapped and tortured by her supporters, prior to the trial, to prevent him testifying against her. Her six-year jail sentence was reduced to a fine on appeal.
In 1997, she was said to have paid the equivalent of $8,000 and supplied the firearm used in the killing of 'family friend', Dr. Abu-Baker Asvat, which took place on 27 January 1989. He, it was, who had examined Stompie at Mandela's house, after Stompie had been abducted, but before he had been killed. The hearings were adjourned amid claims that witnesses were being intimidated on Winnie Madikizela's-Mandela's orders.
In a 2017 documentary, former Soweto police officer Henk Heslinga alleged that Sydney Mufamadi, the former safety minister, had instructed him to re-open the investigation into the death of Moeketsi, as well as all other cases made against Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, for the purpose of charging her with murder. According to Heslinga, Coach Richardson had admitted during an interview, that Moeketsi had discovered that he (Richardson) was an informant, and that he had killed the child to cover his tracks.
All 'lovely' stuff.
In April 2003, Madikizela-Mandela, the self-styled 'Mother of the Nation' was convicted on 43 counts of fraud and 25 of theft. She had pleaded 'not guilty'. The charges related to money taken from loan applicants' accounts for a funeral fund, but from which the applicants did not benefit. Madikizela-Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison.
In July 2004, an appeal judge of the Pretoria High Court ruled that "the crimes were not committed for personal gain". The judge overturned the conviction for theft, but upheld the one for fraud, handing her a three years and six months suspended sentence.
One can only imagine what Nelson was thinking.
Still, she's dead now.