Charges against 'Winnie cops' dropped

2012-08-22 22:35

Johannesburg - Criminal charges have been dropped against two policemen involved in an altercation with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her bodyguards, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday.

The charges were withdrawn by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

"Solidarity will investigate the possibility of laying a charge of malicious prosecution against Madikizela-Mandela's bodyguard Jacob Monare," the union's spokesperson Dirk Hermann said.

The altercation happened in 2010 when Warrant Officer Jannie Odendaal and Constable Abel Twala stopped Madikizela-Mandela's car because it was reportedly being driven recklessly at 150km/h.

An argument ensued. Madikizela-Mandela's bodyguards brought charges of pointing of a firearm and intimidation against the policemen. They were suspended with full benefits.

Hermann said the initial charges against Madikizela-Mandela and her bodyguards should be re-investigated.

Charges of obstruction of justice against Madikizela-Mandela, and of assault and reckless or negligent driving against Monare and the driver were dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), said Hermann.

"The NPA dropped the charges against them in 2011, while Odendaal and Twala were prosecuted," he said.

The two policemen had appeared in court on numerous occasions, but the case was postponed because the docket was not available.

The senior State prosecutor decided to withdraw the charges against them on Wednesday.

"We are now investigating the possibility of charging Monare with malicious prosecution because of the possibility of political interference," said Hermann.

The NPA in Johannesburg could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

  • Cameron - 2012-08-22 22:46

    A little good news for democracy!

      claudia.meads - 2012-08-22 23:02

      A rare moment for justice in SA - may the force be with Solidarity... - 2012-08-23 01:35

      There seems to be some snakes in the NPA! Which is worrying ... Someone needs to investigate? DA ..... !!!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-23 01:37

      Hulle moet haar dik gat reguit in die tronk in ry....

      leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-08-23 06:31

      Haar dik gat is besig om af te blaas. Slow puncture?

      karel.wessel - 2012-08-23 07:22

      @leaproach, die spyker vir die slow puncture, A...I...D...S?

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-22 22:54

    It is about time! These guys were doing their jobs, and the driver broke the law. What irks me is that the charges against Winnie and her sidekick were dropped last year, but these 2 fellows had to wait another year before their fate was decided. It just proves once again that some really are above the law.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-22 23:03

      What happened is complete travesty of justice. Winnie Mandela's driver should have been fined for reckless and negligent driving, Winnie mandela should have charged and prosecuted for obstruction of justice. These policemen should receive a public apology.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-23 00:08

      In other 1st world places these guys would have been commended for their stand in doing their job without consideration of "standing", but in treating all the same before the eyes of the law. A public apology would have been nice, but how about something more, like a promotion. There is no chance in hell that they will ever be promoted again, is there?

  • lownabester - 2012-08-22 22:57

    This went to far, should have never happened in the 1st place.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-08-22 23:35

      This is what you bunch of activists stood for, Lowna Appelgryn Wong Hau.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-22 23:39

    She looks like one of the Muppets

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-23 00:05

      She is Miss Piggy.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-23 01:39

      Nooit Boet don't insult the Muppets like that... At least they are entertaining she is just plain thick and corrupt...

      art5SA - 2012-08-23 05:02

      She was BANNISHED from the Muppets...

  • mboma.maligana - 2012-08-22 23:49

    Two policemen on paid leave, depriving community of service, just to nurse peoples' egos and arrogance. This desrespect for taxpayers money will back fire big time eventually

      hein.huyser - 2012-08-23 06:41

      Agreed mboma, agreed. The only way they will stop though is if we, at the ballot box, tells them to stop. If not, things will get worse

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-08-22 23:51

    See what happens Winnie, you should not have spent so much time with Julius.

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-23 00:03

    Most of the old guard within the ANC are now irrelevant. Winnie is one of them, only known as being part of the Stompie saga and as Mandela's Ex.

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-08-23 01:16

    How the f*** is she able to lay charges for crap like this when the TRT hit women, kick people around and beat people up, yet people are unable to lay charges???????

  • pisciotta - 2012-08-23 01:36

    She is nothing more than a KC.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-23 02:05

    How about now charging Winnie, her Driver and her Thugs now?

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-23 05:00

    How skew is justice in SA.The cops are "off the hook" for doing their jobs, and the2 2 clowns who are REALLY off the hook are the CADRES of the racist ANC regime who abused their position. And we ask how impartial the Hawks are??? Come on !!

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-08-23 05:25

    Winnie does regard herself above the law. How many of you remember that she was sentenced to something like 14 years in prison following the death of child-activist, Stompie Seipei (spelling?) for which she was responsible. At the same time the same Winnie - during the so-called "struggle" was seen across the world on TV, shaking a box of matches and screaming: "Weeth ouah metches end ouah necklesses we weel free thees neshion..." or words to that effect, indicating that she was in favour of 'necklacing' any anti-ANC dissidents, condemning them to die horribly by literally roasting them to death. Yet she has never show any regret for her actions - I hope she fries in hell one day...

      Thebigguyjim - 2012-08-23 05:52

      Don't forget the fraud conviction.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-23 05:57

    What a bitch !! Above the law...WHY ??

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-08-23 05:59

    watkyk its dot nothing to do with democracy there was no case to begin with thats why the docket went awol.the sad reality the cops involved are tainted for life they will never be promoted that mark will stay on their record and will follow them wherever the get transfered to,for the white cop he will retire a warrant officer,for the black cop he is dammed because he spoke out against the so called mother of the nation ,so my friend their victory is a hallow one,and thats the way the cookie crummble sad sad state of affairs

      carpejugulim - 2012-08-23 08:16

      The sad thing is Raymond the good cops out there are damned if they do and damned if they don't

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-23 06:17

    This was a very traumatic experience for Jannie and his colleague, who were just doing their job. There should surely be grounds to claim for damages. Secondly : Travelling at 150km/h is a criminal offence. Why was the perpetrator not charged and convicted? Reckless driving was also involved. Thirdly , this woman also involved herself with the case and therefore is an accomplice.

      hein.huyser - 2012-08-23 06:47

      This woman and their vip-bullies have a free reign to do what they want to. They abuse their perceived powers where-ever they go. They belong to the history books as great resistance cadres but they will only be remembered as the "select few that benefited at the expense of the poor".

  • hein.huyser - 2012-08-23 06:37

    Two great cop's careers have been sunk by these self appointed gods. Sis to both of them and an even greater sis to the anc for allowing this abuse of power. Time for some personal liability

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-23 06:56

    Who does this witch think she is?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-23 13:56

      Stewart. You are being presumptuous. What proof do you have that she can think?

  • reginald.jeeves.3 - 2012-08-23 07:01

    Of course the charges must be dropped. It is as clear as day to anyone not intoxicated with post Apartheid self entitlement that these men were merely doing their jobs.

  • Duits - 2012-08-23 07:18

    Please take this further Solidarity, sue her ass!Glad for the two policemen, this should never have happened seeing that they were doing their jobs!

  • susan.lennox.98 - 2012-08-23 07:25

    Why should we be surprised...the UGLY bitch got away with MURDER.....hell this is petty in comparison.....

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-08-23 07:38

    At bloody last.Now hopefully Solidarity will carry through out its threat to lay charges of malicious arrest against the queen bee and her thugs. Then of course it remains to be seen if the sympathisers in the SAPS actually carry out the investigation. My sympathies to the two cops who have been dragged through this issue for so long simply for doing their jobs without fear or favour.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-23 09:09

    She is old and full of hate... oh.. and RACIST!!!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-08-23 09:27

    I expect the same result for our Cato Manor cops also arrested, mishandled due to political influence.

  • pierre.coetzee.7 - 2012-08-23 09:42

    Are the policeman going to be re-instated?

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-08-23 09:53

    and charge this wrinkled old tart as well, along with all anc thugs that were quite obviously interfering in the case to protect the " mugger of the neshin"

  • Suleiman Cajee - 2012-08-23 12:44

    Winnie is not in the poo. Winnie IS the poo!

  • SydneyJones - 2012-08-23 13:15

    All I can say is another bites the dust :P

  • bontle.kgosi.5 - 2012-08-23 14:52

    Goed so...!NOONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.

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