- The truth about the smear campaign against Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has finally been revealed
- The apartheid government went to great lengths to discredit her, among them, framing Winnie for the murder of Stompie Seipei
- The award-winning documentary, Winnie, will be broadcast on Wednesday night
“We will destroy that woman,” General Hendrik van den Bergh, head of the intelligence apparatus in the 1960s and '70s, said about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The apartheid regime proceeded to do just that, in a massive Security Branch operation designed to discredit and isolate, Madikizela-Mandela.
Following Winnie's death earlier in April, the truth about the allegations of her involvement in Stompie Seipei's murder, the role played by Stratcom, and the propaganda that was circulated to discredit her, has come to light.
For the first time, South Africans will be able to view Pascale Lamche’s award-winning documentary Winnie.
A Prime Target
In the documentary, the director of Stratcom, Vic McPherson reveals the details of Operation Romulus - a counter-revolutionary strategy which had Madikizela-Mandela as its primary target.
Briefly.co.za learned the goal was to discredit her to such an extent that she would be isolated and eliminated from the inner circle of the ANC.
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“I already had 40 journalists working directly or indirectly for me. So through them I could have specific reports placed in the newspapers, and it would be front page,” McPherson said.
“I made a documentary film through the SABC of course that I flogged to America, and it was shown on 40 different channels. And that led to her being declared an international terrorist.”
Former Security Branch policeman Paul Erasmus, who worked for Stratcom, further outlined how the smear campaign worked.
On Monday, he revealed: “I would drop letters to the local and international press about Winnie being a hopeless drunkard, unstable and having relationships with everyone that came along. On the political side, it was to drive divisions between her and the ANC.”
Erasmus revealed this week that the entire Mandela Football Club were informers working for the Security Branch.
“This included Winnie’s aide-de-camp Xoliswa Falati,” Erasmus said.
Jerry Richardson, the coach of the Mandela Football Club, who was charged and sentenced for Stompie’s murder, admitted at the time of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that he was a Security Branch informer.
“Jerry Richardson found out about Stompie, and Stompie was told about him, and it was very possible that the Security Branch in Soweto poured petrol on the fire and let them destroy each other,” Erasmus said.
Winnie will be aired on Wednesday night on eNCA at 9pm.
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