- Joyce Seipei has absolved the late ANC icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela of any involvement in her son’s murder
- 14-year-old Stompie Seipei was murdered by Mandela United Football Club head Jerry Richardson in 1989
- Joyce says she had forgiven Stompie’s killer a long time ago
Joyce Seipei has broken her silence for the first time since Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away last Monday. Joyce is the mother of the child activist, Stompie Seipei, whose murder was blamed on Madikizela-Mandela.
Joyce said she had forgiven whoever killed her 14-year old son in 1989, years ago. She also absolved Madikizela-Mandela of any wrongdoing. Joyce made it clear that she did not believe Madikizela-Mandela had anything to do with Stompie’s murder.
This despite Madikizela-Mandela being convicted of kidnapping and assisting in the assault of Stompie during a trial in 1991. She was originally sentenced to six years behind bars, but this was reduced to a fine on appeal.
Briefly.co.za discovered that the head Mandela United Football Club, a thinly veiled gang of thugs doing Madikizela-Mandela’s bidding in the 1980’s, Jerry Richardson was convicted of murdering Stompie.
Richardson received a life sentence for the murder and later claimed he acted on the specific instructions of Madikizela-Mandela.
Joyce spoke to the media outside of her Free State home on Sunday, she confirmed that she would attend Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral on Saturday.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says: “Joy Seipei will also be participating the national memorial service and will also be attending the funeral.
Mabe said Luthuli House was taking care of all the arrangements to ensure Joyce would be able to attend the funeral and memorial service.
Tributes continue to pour in for the late freedom fighter who is affectionately known as the mother of the nation.
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