Shock at charges against 'Winnie cops'

2011-09-29 22:31

Johannesburg - The NPA's decision to bring criminal charges against two policemen who stopped Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's car was met with shock by the SA Police Union (Sapu) on Thursday.

"Sapu has learnt with shock and dismay [of] the so-called charges laid by the National Prosecuting Authority against two junior police officers who stopped... Madikizela-Mandela for a routine check towards the end of 2010," the union said in a statement.

Sapu would consult the state attorney to help Warrant Officer Jannie Odendaal and Constable Abel Twala, "who were performing their duty without fear or favour" at the time.

In December last year, the junior policemen stopped Madikizela-Mandela's car because it was reportedly being driven recklessly at 150km/h on a Johannesburg highway.

An argument between the officers and the occupants of the ANC MP's car followed. Her bodyguards brought charges of intimidation and pointing of a firearm against the policemen.

Sapu said the officers had done "absolutely nothing illegal".

"We are of the view that the NPA has been manipulated politically to lay these charges against these officers who were doing what is expected of them."

However, NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said: "I can categorically deny that."

He said the charges were laid based on an assessment of independent evidence.

"We always pursue prosecutions without favour or prejudice. There are no political motivations behind this decision," Mhaga said.

  • MyWereld - 2011-09-29 22:50

    SAPU probably only reacted because they read all the rantings in News24

      cliffarc - 2011-09-30 01:04

      - Nail this witch of the nation, once and for all.

      Met - 2011-09-30 06:37

      Contrast what these two policemen did with the lot in Ficksburg, where the magistrate had to acquit 10 suspects on murder because of the gross incompetence of the investigating "policemen" I hope they get all the support they neeed, that they are acquitted, and when they are, the should sue the pants off the whole lot- police, NPA, decision makers, Winnie the murderess,body guards.

      OldSA - 2011-09-30 07:02

      If they charge the 2 officers, why don't the charge Winnie and her thugs for reckless driving and speeding?

      Coconut - 2011-09-30 07:17

      Down with the black witch of South Africa.

      letsee - 2011-09-30 07:23

      I don't know the details but at face value it shows that some of us are above the law. Rob Mugabe seems contagious.

      PietPompies - 2011-09-30 07:47

      Cliffarc.Surely calling someone a witch is unacceptable.

      oistar - 2011-09-30 07:58

      But piet Pompies: lets not call her a witch then, but it is not unacceptable to call her a murderer in then case of Stompie

      eric.vanvuuren - 2011-09-30 10:37

      "I can categorically deny that." ish!!!!!

  • Chris3 - 2011-09-29 23:09

    I feel sorry for the Police personell involved in this, persecuted for only their jobs. How about the government issues some sort of Mandela or ANC sticker which those to whom the law doesn't apply can fix to their boot? Maybe then the police will know how to recognize the people who are above the law, so they can get back to extracting bribes from the middle class. However, it's not all bad news...Winnie is 75 and like Mugabe, she'll die of old age soon (not soon enough). No getting out of this one, and just like when Dr Beetroot died, I will raise a glass of champagne and celebrate the occasion. And outside of murdering me, which we all know you are quite capable of regardless of whether I am just a child etc...there's not much you can do, evil crone!

      Ozymandios - 2011-09-30 07:03

      Chris, I will raise a glass of the Brown Creature with you (a 24 year old Malt)in joint celebration when that old hag dies.

  • deminimus - 2011-09-29 23:17

    Disgusting.- the bitch does not have diplomatic immunity

      Mike - 2011-09-30 08:46

      No, but she does have tyres.

      DirkPitt - 2011-09-30 10:33

      Diplomatic immunity? Where the hell is Danny Glover when you need him the most? He’ll be the judge of that. Guess he's too old for this Sh!t.

  • BryanJhb - 2011-09-29 23:18

    Oddly enough, the prosecution mite be a gud thing because in court all will come out and the NPA will be seen for what it is. The NPA says "we ALWAYS pursue prosections without favour or prejudice" uhmmmm ... is this not the same NPA that admitted they persued Zuma because of political influence? A different story everytime!

      ahpretorius - 2011-09-30 01:17

      Zuma was guilty, he got off scot free due to political meddling by the NPA.

  • Grant Hide - 2011-09-29 23:24

    "We always pursue prosecutions without favour or prejudice. There are no political motivations behind this decision," Mhaga said. Ya right.

  • GH - 2011-09-29 23:27

    Four legs good, two legs better.

  • Wishbone - 2011-09-29 23:43

    "Without favour or prejudice" - what utter BS! The NPA might gain a little respect if they simply admitted to political favoritism. At least we would all know where we stand ie to hold politicians to no standards!

  • André Swanepoel - 2011-09-29 23:55

    They must really think the public is seriously stupid - their "independent" evidence statement is true though, independent in the sense that most probably the independance excludes the officer's statements. Wake up South Africa, everything is legal for the so-called oppressed elite - they themselves have become the oppressors of the law = legalised anarchy. What's next? NPA you have it all wrong, diplomatic immunity are for non-citizens not the other way round - makes one think how many other cover-ups there are that we do not know of. NPA we live in a century where most people do have at least a grade 6 that can also realise what you are up to - is South Africa also in the proccess of becoming a banana republic?

      Marius - 2011-09-30 07:09

      Becoming a banana republic???? We crossed that bridge a long time ago.

  • Grant Fowler - 2011-09-30 00:43

    Another waste of our money

  • ES - 2011-09-30 00:44

    Narcissistic Psychopathic arrogance at it’s best on both sides, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and the NPA.

  • Craig Louw - 2011-09-30 02:56

    Don't you guys get it? Our politicians are about the law. Categorically speaking of course.

      daaivark - 2011-09-30 07:28

      I think you mean "above" and not "about".

      InternetMan - 2011-09-30 10:43

      Yes we all know that daaivark. You freaking pedant

  • Craig Louw - 2011-09-30 02:58

    They are all stalwarts of some or other bul zhit story. If I hear that word once more I'll tattoo it on the person who says it's forehead. And before you ask no I can't tattoo. Would be fun to try though. :-p

      elbie - 2011-09-30 04:33

      Categorically agree with you.

  • Mandla - 2011-09-30 04:34

    Sorry for the two officers however i am very much concerned on the police officers` motive when they stopped a VIP car,i am sure as police officers they are aware on vehicles used by VIP even if the car was not marked.Smell a rotten apple on the conduct of police officers in question.I have never head of any member of the opposition being stoped by the police,if they is one please came forward.For Chris3 shame.

      Dave50 - 2011-09-30 05:16

      Maybe you have never heard of opposition being stopped because they do not try and profess to be diplomats and other such thing so as not to pay fines. This is typical ANC bull, and you are so brainwashed that you expect the rest of us to beleive it, your answer does nothing to say if she was guilty or not of breaking the law, if your wife or daughter gets raped by a struggle stalwart are you going to say it was there own fault because the ANC can't be held responsable because they were oppressed, I THINK NOT

      Mandla - 2011-09-30 05:36

      Dave50-your problem is you are ruled by fear,fear of the unknown.

      Dave50 - 2011-09-30 05:49

      @ Mandla, the only fear I have is for our country and the people as a whole from brainwashed people like you.

      Kevin - 2011-09-30 05:55

      Nonsense ,The car was travelling at 150klm. Also if you think a convicted criminal like Winnie is a VIP then you need to check your value system

      nick - 2011-09-30 07:05

      because the da doesn't use blue light bullies or speed @ 160 during peak hour traffic forcing you of the road cause the fattie in the back is late for her weave appointment

      Moipone Bokaba - 2011-09-30 08:00

      Mandla puuuuleeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzz.......

      mcgrathr20 - 2011-09-30 08:21

      You make me fear for the safety of S Africa. I dont mind disagreeing with people but this is obviously nonsense

      John - 2011-09-30 08:47

      mandla go and wash your hands because the sh#t that is coming off your finger tips must be smelling somthing horrid

  • brinjal - 2011-09-30 04:42

    "We always pursue prosecutions without favour or prejudice. There are no political motivations behind this decision," Mhaga said. This is the biggest load of turd!

  • 1970 SAI - 2011-09-30 05:03

    It only happens in South Africa, I can only take responsibility if I am fuklly empowered by my employer to do my job right, also when my management back me up if I am right. But how do you fight the government who seems to be above the law...

  • Broodjie - 2011-09-30 05:38

    Yea right, nothing in this country can suprise me anymore.

  • MarkC - 2011-09-30 05:41

    Absolutely ridiculous! Surely Ma Winnie doesn't want to be associated with and remembered for acts of arrogance like this?

  • Kevin - 2011-09-30 05:50

    Convicted criminals and there thugs breaking the law and the NPA sides with them.What a laugh.

      Joe999 - 2011-09-30 06:31

      Simelane wasn't appointed Head of NPA by Zuma for nothing!Now the prejudice shows!

  • Uhuru - 2011-09-30 05:51

    Another story about this by News24, with no mention on the actual charges against the policemen.

      JMsays - 2011-09-30 08:06

      You are stating: "another story", if you read the previous ones you would know what the charges are...

  • Phoysa - 2011-09-30 05:52

    I PRAY, and hope, they get the BEST, LAWYERS, in the world to help them, they deserve that, not this waste of money and time,,,,,,(SAPU dont hold back!!!!!!)

  • Ndlovu - 2011-09-30 06:10

    Good sooo, so we will get an impression about the law used in SA, it will show well if people like Winnie and the Bodyguards would stay above right or not!

  • Nicholas Rogerson - 2011-09-30 06:19


  • Trevor - 2011-09-30 06:23

    NPA-ANC personal knop kierie...

  • nick - 2011-09-30 06:47

    haha what a load of bs independent evidence that now from the fat bodyguard who can't speak english or from stompie's murderer

  • Hugh - 2011-09-30 06:51

    They must have come up with a shack full of witnesses who have been promised ANC sponsored homes.

  • Newsferret - 2011-09-30 07:08

    "We always pursue prosecutions without favour or prejudice. There are no political motivations behind this decision," Mhaga said. Yes, I agree especially where the more equal comes into play. Maybe fairy tales are true.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-09-30 07:11

    Blatant disrespect for the law. She think she is above the law.

  • Yip - 2011-09-30 07:13

    And THIS is the message to the members of the SAPS. "If you see a "important" person for the ANC commiting a crime" Turn your head away! Otherwise you would be made to reget it!!!!

  • sonnyg - 2011-09-30 07:18

    This country has become a joke, it pathetic that the law does not apply to a few fat cats!!!! Our judicial system has become a joke. Fat cats your time will come one day.

  • spetsnazss - 2011-09-30 07:20

    KILL that corrupt bitch !!!

  • Matato - 2011-09-30 07:22

    Some are more equal than others!

  • daaivark - 2011-09-30 07:29

    This is just SO WRONG.

      Kevin - 2011-09-30 07:32

      Just seen on E news that winnie is being honoured for her Apartheid fight. I was wondering if the anc gives a special badge for kidnapping and if kidnappers should be honoured.

      Brigitte - 2011-09-30 08:21

      Has everyone forgotten the Stompie case?

      Swart_Baas - 2011-09-30 09:18

      Winnie is a convicted fraudster! I wonder what Stompie's family thinks of this? Winnie being honored!

  • david-a- - 2011-09-30 07:35

    So then where are the charges for Winnie for driving recklessly at 150 km/h??!! or have they just forgotten about that?

  • Bed Rock - 2011-09-30 07:46

    At 75 and some change she is above the law,

  • 1Il_b3_b@ck - 2011-09-30 07:54

    Classic Goverment Diversion Tactics. Divert the attention onto someone else, and the masses -- who have the attention span of a fish -- will forget all about the offence. Here you have police actually enforcing the law being prosecuted so someone breaking the law can go free. Madness. Think of the time wasted by various people, reporters of various news agencies, npa, courts, the police, Sapu, our time and our money.

  • Carl - 2011-09-30 08:04


  • Phumlani Blose - 2011-09-30 08:08

    Wasn't the white government better of?

      mcgrathr20 - 2011-09-30 08:22

      What does this mean?

  • theprodigy - 2011-09-30 08:13

    F***K the ANC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mcgrathr20 - 2011-09-30 08:18

    A total disgrace.

  • Jim - 2011-09-30 08:24

    She should be in jail. "IM SURE STOMPPIE WOULD AGREE TOO" She is bad news for this country.

  • McDaNife - 2011-09-30 08:26

    Stompie killer is still around calling the shots.

  • Johnny - 2011-09-30 08:29

    these guys were doing their job, now they are being punished endlessly because that old hag has a chip on her shoulder. so much for democracy

  • ET - 2011-09-30 08:32

    Excuse me... don't we all have the same rules on the road??? or are there diff rules for certain ppl? 150km p/hr is def over the speed limit!

  • Vince York - 2011-09-30 08:34

    Blatant signs of DICTATORSHIP repeatedly with certain connected protected cadres! African INTIMIDATION at its very worst!

  • Boertjie - 2011-09-30 08:37

    I assume that if the bitch are stopped for drunk driving, they also must let her go? Off with her head!!!!!

      DirkPitt - 2011-09-30 08:57

      Yeah... DUI at 150Km/h, that head will roll.

  • LongetudinalDrive Inc - 2011-09-30 08:40

    ...yeah right...

  • DFSS - 2011-09-30 08:50

    I wonder does he believe that himself?

  • Jason - 2011-09-30 09:16

    New perfume by Winnie - Buy a tyre get a free necklace!!

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-09-30 09:48

    Eish Mthunzi Mhaga what a big lie a veeerry BEEG one !! Anybody who lock horns with Ma Winnie wheather right or wrong will be dealtl with !!! Dont you know this ????

  • Badballie - 2011-09-30 09:48

    Elitist Privilege? Winnie and her driver should both have been arrested and detained in holding cells until the court saw them. This is a total travesty of justice and simply proves the double standard in action, not only can these officers not under any circumstances be found guilty, but I hazard that they themselves will be able to institute unfair labor practice cases against the state with a hefty financial award if they use their heads.