IN PICTURES | The life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and family visiting husband Nelson . and fraud in connection with bank loans she obtained for her employees. ANC Political Activist and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, Deputy Minister of Arts and . the number of unsettling relationships Winnie established with people who. George Bizos looks at Nelson and Winnie Mandela's strained relationship in an extract from his new book.
This removal had been carried out by the coach and members of a soccer team, the Mandela United Football Club, who had attached themselves to her.
The youths were subsequently kept in an outhouse at the back of her home. There were allegations that the young men had been assaulted on her property and in her presence - which she denied - and one of the five, year-old Stompie Seipei, was later found murdered.
All of this added to Nelson's anxiety. Winnie had distanced herself from me when her conflict began with Nelson and the high-powered committee he had asked to help her.
I did not want to participate in a spat between her and the leaders of the UDF. But when the UDF issued a statement that no democratic lawyer should act for her regarding the allegations of abduction and assault, I felt compelled to contact her. I disagreed with the UDF and I invited her for a consultation.
She chose the middle of the afternoon and arrived overdressed, accompanied by a number of guards. This defiant gesture was for the benefit of members of the Bar in the lobby who would assume she was coming to see me. The reason I called her was partly to let Nelson know that, true to my undertaking at the end of the Rivonia trial, I had not abandoned her.
Also I thought it wrong for some of my friends to declare that anyone was not worthy of being defended by a lawyer of her choice. After Nelson's release she would have nothing to do with any of those who had criticised her. He, ever a loyal and disciplined member of the ANC, was working closely with them. She believed her husband had done enough. Now he belonged to her and their two children.
She expected him to make her enemies his enemies. Instead, he invited them to meetings, let them keep his diary and organise his security. All this she found intolerable. Reminding her of an admission to her German biographer that she would listen only to Nelson and George Bizos, I jokingly told her that she should follow the example of Prince Philip and not Evita. The Duke of Edinburgh always walked at least one step behind the queen. She laughed, and my advice fell on deaf ears.
The media continued to harangue the police and the deputy attorney general to charge her with kidnapping, assault and even the murder of Stompie, of which the coach of her football club had by now been convicted. When she was charged with assault and abduction she was never charged with Stompie' s murderNelson called me. Would I lead a team to defend her? Despite the seriously strained relationship between them, he wanted me involved as I had defended her so often in the past.
In addition, because of the friendship between us, the public perception that he was supporting her would be strengthened. He already knew from their children that she wanted me to defend her, but that she was too proud to ask him for help.
I took on the case at once.
Nelson Mandela's love affair with Winnie
Two other counsel were appointed to work with me - Durban advocate Pius Langa, a man who had pulled himself up by his own shoestrings to become a successful member of the Bar, and his colleague from Pretoria, Dikgang Moseneke, imprisoned on Robben Island for 12 years when he was a mere year-old schoolboy. They are now chief justice and deputy chief justice respectively. The matter was heard in the Johannesburg High Court and Nelson attended the trial regularly, accompanied by leading members of the ANC.
He arrived with her every morning, silently followed the proceedings and emerged with her at lunch time, as though they were a loving couple. He left with her in the afternoons while many hundreds of enthusiastic supporters applauded tumultuously and television cameras from throughout the world filmed his every gesture. He drew the line at attending our consultations, primarily because these meetings were also attended by the young lawyer, Dali Mpofu, her lover during the latter part of Nelson's imprisonment and after he was released.
He had never expected Winnie to be celibate while he was in prison, only that she be discreet. He couldn't accept that the relationship continued so openly after his release.
Later, from the witness box in the divorce proceedings, he described this as the loneliest period of his life. Three of the young men who had been abducted by the Mandela Football Club had given evidence against the coach, Jerry Richardson. In the context of the global struggle for the release of political prisoners in our country, our movement took a deliberate decision to profile Nelson Mandela as the representative personality of these prisoners, and therefore to use his personal political biography, including the persecution of his then wife, Winnie Mandela, dramatically to present to the world and the South African community the brutality of the apartheid system.
Sono's father said he saw his son in a kombi with Winnie Mandela, and that his son had been badly beaten. At the subsequent Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, Sono's stepmother said, "I am pleading with Mrs Mandela today, in front of the whole world, that please, Mrs Mandela, give us our son back.SOUTH AFRICA: WINNIE MANDELA IN NEW CONTROVERSY
Even if he is dead, let Mrs Mandela give us the remains of our son, so that we must bury him decently. Paul Verryn with Richardson claiming that Winnie Mandela had the youths taken to her home because she suspected the reverend was sexually abusing them allegations that were baseless .
The four were beaten to get them to admit to having had sex with the minister. Negotiations that lasted 10 days, by senior ANC and community leaders to get the kidnapped boys released by Winnie Mandela failed. Abu Baker Asvata family friend, and prominent Soweto doctor,  who had examined Seipei at Mandela's house, after Seipei had been abducted, but before he had been killed.
According to Heslinga, Richardson admitted during an interview that Moeketsi discovered he was an informant, and that he killed the child to cover his tracks. Truth and Reconciliation Commission South Africa The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation commission TRCissued infound "Ms Winnie Madikizela Mandela politically and morally accountable for the gross violations of human rights committed by the Mandela United Football Club" and that she "was responsible, by omission, for the commission of gross violations of human rights.
The TRC also found that she was responsible for the abduction of, and assaults on, Stompie Sepei, and that she had attempted to cover up his death by claiming he had fled to Botswana. She then adopted the surname "Madikizela-Mandela".
Also inshe lost her position as the head  of the ANC social welfare department, amid allegations of corruption.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu as chairman of the commission recognised her importance in the anti-apartheid struggle, but exhorted her to apologise and to admit her mistakes. In a guarded response, she admitted "things went horribly wrong". Both had pleaded not guilty.
The charges related to money taken from loan applicants' accounts for a funeral fund, but from which the applicants did not benefit. Madikizela-Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison. The judge overturned the conviction for theft, but upheld the one for fraud, handing her a three years and six months suspended sentence.
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She offered her home as shelter for an immigrant family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An article in The Observer suggested her position near the top of the list indicated that the party's leadership saw her as a valuable asset in the election with regard to solidifying support among the party's grassroots and the poor.
In the interview, she attacked her ex-husband, claiming that he had "let blacks down", that he was only "wheeled out to collect money", and that he is "nothing more than a foundation". She further attacked his decision to accept the Nobel Peace Prize with F. Among other things, she reportedly claimed Mandela was no longer "accessible" to her daughters.