Winnie Mandela face renewed probe into murder of 4 youth activists
Johannesburg: South African prosecutors have launched a fresh investigation into the disappearance in
1988 of two youths reportedly last seen with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela.
A special unit investigating missing persons said it had found new information about Lolo Sono and Siboniso Shabalala, who went missing in November 1988.
“The investigations into this case are ongoing and possible burial sites are being examined on the basis of recently obtained information,” said Makhosini Nkosi, spokesman for the unit in the National Prosecuting Authority. “No exact burial sites have yet been confirmed or excavated.”
Lolo’s mother testified to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into apartheid-era crimes that Ms Madikizela-Mandela was present when she last saw her son.
Ms Madikizela-Mandela was accused of ordering four murders of youth activists, including that of Stompie Sepei, in the 1980s when she surrounded herself with bands of young men dubbed the “Mandela United Football Club.” She was sentenced to six years for the kidnapping of Stompie, but the term was overthrown on appeal. She remains an MP. AFP
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