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Wednesday, November 26, 1997 Published at 16:13 GMT



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Plans for private prosecution against Winnie
image: [ Winnie Mandela with her former husband Nelson Mandela who divorced her for adultery in 1992 ]
Winnie Mandela with her former husband Nelson Mandela who divorced her for adultery in 1992

The British former Member of Parliament, Emma Nicholson, has said she will assist in bringing a private prosecution against Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, possibly for murder.

Ms Nicholson has for many years helped Katiza Cebekhulu, who claims to have witnessed Mrs Madikizela-Mandela kill a teenager in 1988.

Mr Cebekhulu returned to South Africa from self-imposed exile to testify against the former wife of President Mandela at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing.

Ms Nicholson said she had consulted Joyce Seipei, mother of Stompie, the boy who died after being beaten by the so-called Mandela United Football Club.


[ image: Stompie's death continues to hang over Mrs Madikizela-Mandela]
Stompie's death continues to hang over Mrs Madikizela-Mandela
She added that she was consulting lawyers on whether the charge would be murder.

South African law permits private prosecutions while placing the cost of the action onto the complainant.

Ms Seipei declined to make any comment but Ms Nicholson said: "I'm acting on her behalf."

She added: "The TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) is not a court of law and murder demands courts of law.

"The only barrier is raising the funds and we'll have to find a way of financing the action."

In 1991, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was cleared of murdering Stompie and convicted of kidnapping. She escaped jail.

During this week's special hearing into her actions and those of her bodyguards in Mandela United, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela has been accused of responsibility for at least six murders.

Ms Nicholson said she now wanted to talk with the father of Lolo Sono, another teenager who disappeared after allegedly being beaten in Mrs Madikizela-Mandela's house.








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