Stompie's killer dies in prison

Johannesburg - Youth activist Stompie Seipei's killer has died in jail, The Times reported on Tuesday.

Jerry Richardson, who was serving a life sentence at Johannesburg's Leeuwkop prison for Seipei's murder, died of natural causes last week. He was in his 50s.

Richardson, a coach at the Mandela United Football Club in Soweto, alleged that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had instructed him to kidnap, torture and kill the 14-year-old boy for being a police informant.

He testified at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1997 that he had kidnapped the boy on Madikizela-Mandela's instructions. She however denied involvement, but was sentenced to six years in jail for her role in the crime.

Bishop Paul Verryn, who buried Seipei in 1989, was quoted in The Times as saying: "Any sense of acrimony has gone. The death of Richardson diminishes all of us in some way or another."

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