September 19, 1990 |
The South African government plans to put Winnie Mandela on trial for kidnapping and assault in a 19-month-old case for which one of her former bodyguards has already been sentenced to death, it was announced yesterday. Mandela, the controversial wife of African National Congress Deputy President Nelson Mandela, will be charged with taking part in the beatings of four young black men brought to her house in December 1988 on suspicion of being police informers. The youngest of the four was later found dead, but Mandela is not accused of his murder.
January 1, 1986 |
Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Mandela was released from jail yesterday for the second time in eight days, but was warned that she would be re-arrested if she again defied a government ban and returned to her Soweto home. She was detained Monday as she tried to drive to her home in the black township of Soweto, outside Johannesburg. She has repeatedly defied government attempts to silence her and keep her out of the Johannesburg area. The court freed her on $200 bail yesterday and ordered her to abide by the government order curbing her movements.
February 19, 1986 |
South Africa yesterday temporarily dropped charges against black activist Winnie Mandela until a court rules on her challange to an order banning her from her family home. Under the country's tough internal-security laws for blacks, Mandela had been forbidden to enter Johannesburg or the nearby black township of Soweto, where her family has its home. Witwatersrand Attorney General Klaus von Lieres und Wilkau said he would withdraw the charges because Mandela was challenging the banning order in the Supreme Court.
February 16, 1989 |
Winnie Mandela and her young bodyguards were linked to a murder yesterday when South African police announced they had identified a body as that of a black teenager who was allegedly beaten in the Mandela home. As Mandela consulted yesterday with her imprisoned husband, Nelson Mandela, police said they were opening a murder investigation because the decomposed body of Stompie Mokhetsi Seipei, 14, bore stab wounds. Winnie Mandela has acknowledged that Seipei and three young black men were taken to her Soweto home by her bodyguards on Dec. 29, but she has said she was protecting them from sexual abuse by a white Methodist minister.
June 24, 1986 |
Defying South African emergency laws, black nationalist leader Winnie Mandela has called for international sanctions against Pretoria, saying they were the only way to fight "an immoral . . . ungodly" regime. Mandela, in her first television interview since South Africa imposed a state of emergency on June 12, said sanctions were the "last door open to us" to exert pressure on the government. She was interviewed secretly in Johannesburg's black township of Soweto by Britain's commercial Granada television company, which said it smuggled the film out of South Africa in defiance of emergency reporting restrictions.
March 2, 1995 |
In a move that some called unprecedented in South Africa, police yesterday raided the Soweto home of President Nelson Mandela's estranged wife, Winnie, carting away a "large quantity" of documents that allegedly link her to a kickback scheme involving the construction of low-income houses. The raid was the latest incident in a recent string of allegations and political embarrassments involving Winnie Mandela, who serves in her husband's cabinet as deputy minister of arts, culture, science and technology.
April 3, 1986 |
Her fist raised in a defiant black-power salute, activist Winnie Mandela returned in triumph yesterday to her home in the black township of Soweto after white authorities apparently gave up their effort to keep her from living there. Mandela was greeted by friends and family, including three grandchildren, and 100 children from a local school who sang freedom songs and chanted "Viva, Mandela. " Since 1962, Mandela has been subject to a variety of government restrictions on her residence, associations and public statements - the process is called banning - and yesterday her lawyer said the government had decided to "abandon" its banning order.
April 16, 1992 |
Winnie Mandela resigned her position yesterday as head of social welfare for the African National Congress. The move comes just two days after the announced breakup of her 34-year marriage to ANC President Nelson Mandela. "Nothing can make me waiver in my commitment to my organization, to my husband and to the oppressed and impoverished people of South Africa," Mandela told journalists at the ANC's downtown skyscraper. But, she said, "persistent and sensational" charges in recent weeks linking her to the 1989 death of a 14-year-old Soweto youth and the subsequent killing of a township doctor have created "a difficult situation for the ANC. " Winnie Mandela, 57, was convicted of kidnap and accessory to assault and sentenced to six years in prison last year in a case involving the dead youth, "Stompie" Moketsi Seipei.
January 26, 1987 |
Winnie Mandela, wife of jailed African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, was held by South African police for nearly six hours yesterday, and documents were seized from her home, according to her attorney. The attorney, Ismail Ayoub, said Mandela, 52, was returned to her home by police after being taken to a police station and questioned. Her daughter, Zinzi, 25, also was taken in and later released, Ayoub said. Thirteen neighborhood youths playing cards outside the Mandela home in the black township of Soweto also were detained by police.