- Former Safety and Security Minister Sydney Mufamadi has responded to shocking allegations made in a documentary about Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s life
- Mufamadi said the decision to tarnish Madikizela-Mandela’s image was not his alone, but part of a collective which included the ANC, apartheid-era government officials and journalists
- The former minister claimed Tony Leon was behind the reopening of the Stompie Seipei murder investigation
Former Minister of Safety and Security Sydney Mufamadi has spoken out about his alleged role in tarnishing the image of ANC struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. In a documentary about the struggle veteran’s life, a propaganda plan is uncovered which claims to try to discredit Madikizela-Mandela and weaken her politically.
Mufamadi said the decision to tarnish Madikizela-Mandela’s image was not his alone, but was part of a collective which included the ANC, apartheid-era government officials and journalists.
Mufamadi said Tony Leon was behind the 1995 reopening of the Stompie Seipei murder investigation. This despite Jerry Richardson, the captain of the so-called Mandela Football Club already serving time for the murder.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mufamadi was angered that he was never consulted about the documentary and was never given the chance by the filmmaker to give his side of the story.
"You make five chilling revelations about people who are still alive and still available. You don't think they have a right to ensure that they put forward a version which may corroborate what other people are saying or which may need to be compared to what others are saying, which would have been a fair thing to do,” Mufamadi said
Mufamadi also questioned why the apartheid fighter’s life story was being told by apartheid-era operatives.
"Why does this doccie feel it’s enough to have Henk Hesslinga, McPherson and Paul Erasmus to tell the story and life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela? It’s not material to the issue,” he said.
Mufamadi said the ANC was not ashamed of Madikizela-Mandela despite knowing that she had her own faults. He said the ANC would never disown a single element of her legacy.
Mufamadi said: "I still maintain that those of us who fought for the liberation of this country alongside Comrade Winnie, are the authorities on what happened, and why it happened."
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