- Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor says Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had nothing to do with the murder of Stompie Seipei
- Mentor said no proof had ever emerged showing Winnie was involved in the 14-year-old boy’s abduction in 1988/89
- Winnie was convicted 1991 on charges of kidnapping and being an accessory in the assault of Stompie
Former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Vytjie Mentor has come to the defence of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s memory by claiming Winnie had no part in the 1989 murder of Stompie Seipei.
Mentor was speaking at a memorial service in honour of Winnie at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on Thursday night.
Mentor said no proof had ever emerged which could positively link Winnie to the kidnapping and murder of the 14-year-old in December 1988.
“Winnie Mandela never killed Stompie Seipei. Winnie Mandela never plotted for the killing of Stompie Seipei. Not a court of law‚ not the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) could link Mama Winnie Mandela directly as having planned and orchestrated or instructed that Stompie should be killed‚” Mentor said.
Briefly.co.za can confirm that Winnie was convicted in 1991 on charges of kidnapping and being an accessory in the assault of Stompie. She received a six-year prison sentence which was reduced to a fine on appeal.
“It is a lie. It is a fallacy. It is an orchestration that has been perpetuated for decades. It is a lie and a fabrication that the ANC‚ which I am a member of‚ never bothered to debunk and to expose as an untruth,” Mentor added.
Winnie’s bodyguards which were thinly disguised as the Mandela United Football Club abducted four boys, including Stompie from the home of a Soweto pastor in 1988.
One of the men was later convicted of killing Stompie, he testified that he had acted on the direct instructions of Winnie.
Tributes continue to pour in for Winnie, she passed away on Monday after a long battle with illness. Winnie will be laid to rest on 14 April in a lavish state funeral.
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