Winnie Mandela is found guilty

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Monday, 13 May 1991

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former African National Congress Women League president and Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, was found guilty on four charges of kidnapping and four of being an accessory after the fact to assault. Co-accused John Morgan was found guilty of kidnapping and Xoliswa Falati guilty of kidnapping and of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The case arose from the fact that one of the kidnapped youths, 14-year-old Stompie Sepei, had been found dead from his injuries near the crime scene. The sentencing was scheduled for 14 May 1991.The actual crime had allegedly been committed by her thuggish' bodyguards dubbed the Mandela United Football Club' (MUFC) . In 1997 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) reached a verdict that Madikizela-Mandela was guilty and had played a role in the killing of Stompie Sepei.

Click here to read the outcome of the TRC on the kidnapping and murder of Stompie Seipei.

 

References:
• BBC News,(1991), 1991 Mandela's wife jailed for kidnaps,(online), Available at www.news.bbc.co.uk [Accessed: 12 May 2015]
•  The ScotMan,(2004),Winnie Mandela escape prison as judge suspend latest sentence,(online),6 July,from Scotman on Sunday,Available at www.scotsman.com [Accessed: 12 May 2015]

Last updated : 12-May-2015

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011