Sydney Mufamadi denies involvement in reopening of Seipei murder probe

Former Safety and Security minister Sydney Mufamadi held a media briefing in Parktown, Johannesburg to respond to chilling revelations made in the documentary "Winnie", based on the life of late anti-apartheid struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

He has responded to claims that he tried to implicate the struggle the stalwart in the murder of child activist Stompie Seipei. Seipei was a member of Madikizela-Mandela's Mandela United Football Club in Soweto during the late 80s.

Seipei was killed at the age of 14 after being accused of being a police informer.

His body was found near the Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home in 1989.

The award-winning documentary by Pascale Lamche showed how a propaganda plan was allegedly orchestrated by apartheid government leaders, journalists as well as some people within the ANC, to weaken her politically.

He questioned the ethics of those behind this documentary, saying he was not given an opportunity by the documentary filmmakers to respond to the allegations.

He denied involvement in the reopening of the case against Madikizela-Mandela for her involvement in the killing Seipei.

Mufamadi says then Democratic party leader Tony Leon asked for the case to be reopened.

I still maintain that those of us who fought for the liberation of this country alongside comrade Winnie are the authorities of what happened.

Sidney Mufamadi

Mufamadi questions why StratCom, which was created to preserve the apartheid system, is being allowed to write Mam'Winnie's legacy.

The documentary alleges that Mufamadi told former Police Commissioner George Fivaz to reopen the investigation into Madikizela-Mandela so she can be tried for the Seipei's murder.

Fivas clarified earlier this month that there was no evidence connecting Madikizela-Mandela to Seipei's murder. At the press conference, Mufamadi questioned why Fivaz only came out now with this information.


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