JOHANNESBURG: Former Safety and Security Minister Sydney Mufamadi says that he was never asked to respond to allegation made against him in a recently aired documentary about the late struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
“I had no indication that someone had wanted me to appear on the documentary… I have no indication someone thought I was important enough to give my version in the documentary, I don’t know what must happen going forward,” said Mufamadi.
Mufamadi held a media briefing earlier this morning at Parktown to respond to claims that he tried to implicate the struggle icon in the murder of child activist Stompie Seipei.
Seipei was killed at the age of 14 after being accused of being a police informer and Winnie had then been alleged of being responsible for the murder. Mufamadi said that it is disappointing that he wasn’t called by the producers of the Winnie documentary and asked to respond to these claims.
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, although Fivas clarified earlier this month that there was no evidence connecting Madikizela-Mandela to Seipei’s murder.
Mafumadi also said during the media briefing that Tony Leon is the one who asked for the case to be reopened.
“We must not be misled by people who were opposed to our freedom, into thinking that we must act according to what they tell us about us. That is really the message I wanted to convey to the people of South Africa,” said Mafumadi.