"I became her friend" - Apartheid agent speaks out about targeting Winnie Mandela

"I became her friend" - Apartheid agent speaks out about targeting Winnie Mandela

- Paul Erasmus has spoken about the methods the Apartheid government used to discredit struggle leaders like Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

- He said that there were spies in the Mandela United Football Club, and he would get information from them to use to write articles perpetuating rumours about Winnie being unreliable and a drunkard

- He said that after the end of apartheid, he became friends with Mama Winnie

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Paul Erasmus (62) has spoken out about his friendship with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, which developed despite his years as an agent for the apartheid government.

Erasmus said that the biggest concern for the apartheid government was discrediting the charismatic leaders. They were the ones who posed the biggest threats to the National Party.

"We had spies in the Mandela United Football Club, who would report back on everything that was happening in Soweto," Erasmus said.

"I would write letters that I would drop on the press, locally and internationally, saying that Winnie was a hopeless drunkard.

"Looking back at the reports, I can't even believe that Winnie went on these drunken brawls," he added.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that Erasmus also claimed the entire club was full of spies who were close to Winnie Mandela and others in the group.

Erasmus said that in an effort to discredit the ANC, they would try to discredit Winnie and drive divisions within the party.

The propaganda campaign to discredit Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was one of the most successful ever perpetrated by the apartheid government, according to Erasmus.

He said that the goal of the National Party was to eliminate the populist elements within the ANC in order to be able to create deals with the less radical leaders, such as Thabo Mbeki.

Years after the end of apartheid, Erasmus met Mama Winnie and confessed to his crimes against her. He said they became friends when she forgave him.

Watch his interview below:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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