Winnie's bodyguard testifies

By Drum Digital
05 April 2013

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's bodyguard told the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court that Warrant Officer Jannie Odendaal had behaved like 'an apartheid policeman', Beeld reported on Friday.

Jacob Monare was testifying on Thursday in the case against Odendaal and Constable Abel Twala, who are accused of intimidation and pointing a gun during an altercation in December 2010 with Madikizela-Mandela and her bodyguards. Twala is also charged with assault.

The charges against Odendaal and Twala were withdrawn twice, but have been reinstated, according to the report.

Madikizela-Mandela was en route to Pretoria on the M1 north with two bodyguards, reportedly driving at a speed of 160 km per hour in an Audi A8.

Odendaal and Twala pursued the Audi in a police vehicle and told the driver to stop.

Monare alleged that Twala had sworn at him when he got out of the car, saying "Put your motherf *** ing hands up".

Monare said he had seen Odendaal opening the Audi's boot.

"...I told him he should not have a laager mentality," Monare said.

Marius Coetzer, one of Odendaal and Twala's legal representatives, asked Monare what he meant by laager mentality.

"He is an Afrikaner who thinks he's above the law," Monare said.

Carel Taute, Odendaal and Twala's other lawyer, pointed out contradictions between the statement Monare gave shortly after the incident, and what he had said a month later during Odendaal and Twala's hearing.

"Over time you forget some things and remember others. I cannot exactly remember everything," Monare said.

Monare denied they had exceeded the speed limit, although in his earlier statement he had said he apologised to Twala for driving too fast.

-by Sapa

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