Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Facing New Accusations Over Death of ANC Activists

Aislinn Laing, Telegraph (London), March 12, 2013

The remains of two young men believed to be Lolo Sono, 21, and Siboniso Tshabalala, 19, were dug up in Soweto on Tuesday as their families looked on.

If their identities are confirmed, and suspected stab wounds to their bodies verified, police are expected to launch a murder investigation into their disappearance in November 1988.

Sono and Tshabalala were couriers for the ANC’s armed wing during the struggle against apartheid. But in the tense and deeply paranoid atmosphere of the time, they found themselves accused by Mrs Madikizela-Mandela and her Soweto-based vigilante gang of being police informers.

Eleven years later, after apartheid ended, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to shed light on past atrocities heard from several witnesses that the pair were abducted by Mrs Madikizela-Mandela and her gang, and that she had ordered them killed for allegedly betraying the cause championed by her husband.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela, who is a prominent ANC MP, 76, has denied any link to the disappearances.

In 1991 she was convicted for her role in the abduction and death of another suspected police informant, Stompie Moeketsi, 14, in December 1988, and handed six years imprisonment, reduced to a fine and suspended sentence on appeal.

Late last year, a missing persons task force set up to find those who vanished during apartheid discovered an old police docket concerning the bodies of two men found stabbed to death and dumped in a Soweto field the day after Sono and Tshabalala were reported missing. A picture of one of the bodies was shown to Tshabalala’s mother, and she identified it as that of her son.

DNA samples were taken from both families and on Tuesday, forensic scientists began digging up an unmarked grave in a Soweto cemetery where police buried the bodies.

Madeleine Fullard, head of the missing persons unit, said the remains of two young men had been recovered and would now be sent for analysis.

“The bodies appear to have suffered trauma to the ribs consistent with stabbing injuries,” she said. “All the indications are that they are the two we are looking for. We hope to be able to give these families the news they have been waiting so long for.” Police are remaining tight-lipped about the sensitive case, with one detective telling a local paper that President Jacob Zuma is being kept updated on its progress. But they have indicated that if the identities of the bodies are confirmed, they will begin a murder investigation.

Piers Pigou, a TRC investigator, said any previous prosecution had been hampered by the lack of bodies.

“This finding strengthens the case against Mrs Madikizela-Mandela and the credibility of those who testified against her,” he said.

But he added that while it would bring back “ghosts to haunt” the prominent politician, he did not expect to see her in court.

“It’s not because there isn’t an empirical case to pursue, it’s more to do with the politics of containment around past TRC cases,” he said.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela could not be reached for comment.

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  • Shattered

    I wonder if she ate them. Savages.

    • Bull Connor

      She supposedly had several of her “enemies” necklaced. Remember that? Soak a tire and strike a match.

      • dr. zchicago

        i’ve not heard of this. just the flying toilet bit.

      • brengunn

        Imagine being her subordinate in a civil war. Her every whim to be obeyed, her every suspicion to be dealt with. Jesus, sounds like hell.

      • David Ashton

        She called it “liberation”. The tires had diesel fuel to make the burning of helpless captives take longer and be more painful. No, Winnie wasn’t a cannibal, but roasting human meat alive without tucking in afterwards still doesn’t say a lot for the dear lady.

      • tabsa

        Yep, we remember. And I try my best to remind everybody else. Google isn’t helping though, they took my video out of their search results.

    • IstvanIN

      Covered in hot sauce. Dey likes dey hot sauce.

      • Some Guy

        or Ranch Dressing

  • Bill

    Well, she wasn’t arrested and charged for having a steam roller crush the skulls of people she didn’t like while she watched and cackled. I doubt anything will come of this either.

  • David Ashton

    In 1987 I was teaching in an outer London suburb. The Education Committee had been taken over by Cultural Marxists with two of their “agents” put in our school. One of them protested that my intention to teach recently arrived Bangladeshi immigrants survival English in class was “racist”. The other one was jubilant when she heard that the school to which our pupils would be transferred, a formerly excellent girls only grammar school, was going to be renamed “The Winnie Mandela High School”. This plan was reportedly averted only by a narrow vote from parents. A pity in one respect, because it would have rebounded deliciously on our anti-racist revolutionaries a few months later when the Mother of the Rainbow Nation was implicated in the death of a black teenager in the same age bracket as the unfortunate pupils in Leyton, England. Or maybe not, because like the Bourbons, the bigots of liberalism know little and learn even less.

    • The__Bobster

      Winnie was a known murderer decades ago. Just ask the ghost of Stompie.

      Her old man was a murderer, too, but the libtarded media make him out to be a saint. I dread the day when that old commie croaks, as his well-deserved death will be on the news for a week.

      • eduard

        Mandela is and will die an atheist, communist and terrorist scum of the earth. How can people “pray” for this beast if he does not even believe in the Almighty? They, the people should pray to satan for the beast’s well being.

        • David Ashton

          In the name of Marx the Father, Che the Son and Mandela the Unholy Ghost.

      • TeutonicKnight67

        …and the resulting mass extermination of SA whites will not even be mentioned.

        • Bantu_Education

          It will be “Saint” Mandela’s dying wish, I am sure of it.

          • Pelayo

            If Obama had a grandfather, he would have looked like Nelson.

      • Gerónimo Anónimo

        Unfortunately it will mark the extermination of the remaining Afrikaners. Otherwise I totally agree with you.

    • Bantu_Education

      In South Africa she is better known as the “mugger of the nation”.

  • bigone4u

    She will not see the inside of a courtroom: “It’s not because there isn’t an empirical case to pursue, it’s more to do with the politics of containment around past TRC cases,”
    Like the former Mrs. Mandela our esteemed witch doctor in chief, President Obongo, enjoys immunity because of his race. I love the phrase, “politics of containment.” What a polite civilized way of saying that some people are above the law. True, whether it’s SA or the USA. And did I forget to mention Hillary and Benghazi? She’s still the most admired person in America in spite of her “It doesn’t matter” attitude.

  • dukem1

    The African National Congress was a communist front organization outlawed by the SA government.
    Winston Mandela was was tried, convicted an imprisoned for being a member of the ANC.
    Upon his release, he admitted that he was indeed a member of that organization.
    Now, I concede that being a black guy in SA back in the day was no box of chocolates, but signing on with the commies on top of it really takes a special kind of stupid.
    And Winnie! … She’s always been Stalin in a dashiki!!!
    Why is this stuff even news?
    This just in: Babe Ruth hit a bunch of home runs!!!
    It’s just what these folks are all about.

    • Bantu_Education

      Communism is all about “equality” and “nationalisation” and “redistribution” of wealth – in their case of white wealth – therefore its entirely logical for blacks to be communists. I don’t believe there was ever a black nationalist who wasn’t a communist at heart.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Black women seem to have the potential to be more violent than black men.

    • bigone4u

      As you wrote this I was thinking of Moochelle.

    • Bantu_Education

      White males with black female partners are 23x more likely to be murdered by their partner than they would with white partners. This compares to “only” 12x for white women/black men. Would be interesting to know the stats for white males/females killing their black partners, but its probably infinitesimal as is the stat for white male on black female rape.

      • Lygeia

        The rate of violence between heterosexual white couples is 7%. With any statistic there is a plus or minus 3% error rate. The rate could be as low as 4%. Or as high as 10%. This means the murder rate is probably about 1%.

        • Bantu_Education

          Murder rate is 1%? 1% of what? You mean 1 in 100 white couples end in murder? I don´t believe that and it doesn´t make any sense to me even if I did believe it since I´ve never heard murder stats put in such a way before, kindly explain what you mean. Thx.

      • Anonymous

        Channel Nicole Brown Simpson and ask her.

  • Lygeia

    Her property contains a veritable charnel house teeming with dead bodies.

  • Fabrizio Quatrocchi

    Winnie’s in the pooh.

  • IKantunderstand

    Having the White nations support the ANC and the end of apartheid has turned out to be one of the biggest mistakes ever made. Allowing slavery into the United(for now) States, and then having a war about slavery(and other issues) between fellow citizens, was an abomination, which has few rivals. Those bloody battles, the gore, the sickness, dying of wounds on fields made muddy by life leaking away. And after war, the extirpation of Southern culture by cruel, vindictive, vicious Northerners. The South has never healed. South Africa will never heal. Wherever Whites deny their fraternity with one another, they are doomed to fail, and die. There is only one righteous course which exists as an option for the rapidly waning White culture. We all know what it is. We not only have a right to exist, we have a moral imperative to do so.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Hail Hinton Helper! Lonely, reviled, prophetic, voice in the wind.

      Google “Of Negroes in Negroland”. Free download at either Berkely or Stanford I think.

    • TeutonicKnight67

      Until the Great Reckoning and reconstitution of our homeland, we must continue to foster white awareness and solidarity everywhere. Our cause should transcend geographic limitations. Remember the mistakes of the past but don’t shut out the light of the future. North or South, we will fight and die together someday, perhaps soon.

  • Gerónimo Anónimo

    What ever happened to the two bastards who murdered Amy Beihl? Aside from the fact that her father forgave and embraced them. What a comemierda.