Winnie not above the law - DA

2012-11-08 13:44

Johannesburg - Charges should be dropped against two policemen involved in an altercation with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her bodyguards two years ago, the DA said on Thursday.

"Madikizela-Mandela must realise that she, too, is subject to the laws of our country, and not above them," Democratic Alliance spokesperson on community safety Kate Lorimer said in a statement.

She found it "inconceivable" that charges were being instituted for a third time against the men.

Beeld reported that the two men appeared in Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of intimidation and pointing a firearm.


The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said correct procedures were not followed when the charges were withdrawn for a second time in August.

The charges were withdrawn for the first time in September 2011, because the State prosecutor was not prepared to prosecute.

Lorimer said: "If there was not enough evidence to charge Madikizela-Mandela and her bodyguards, how can there be enough evidence to charge the policemen?"

She said the reinstatement of charges called the NPA's credibility into question.

Warrant Officer Jannie Odendaal and Constable Abel Twala would appear again in court later this month.

  • jus.manning - 2012-11-08 13:54

    Just like there wasn't enough evidence that she was behind Stompie's death... the system is corrupt and designed to benefit the privileged few.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-11-08 14:29

      I once heard someone describing her as 'an evil old crone.' But I think they were just being kind.

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-08 13:56

    Lets get real, if there is someone who believes we are equal before the law in SA at the moment, its that person is ignorant,naive or plain dumb. Or maybe he/she does not live in SA that the rest of us live in PERIOD!

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-08 14:01

      I meant its eithef that person is ignorant..........

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-08 17:05

      In SA we are all equal, yet some are more equal than others!

      tw2066 - 2012-11-08 17:41

      The only equal in this equation is Weeenie = Protected Species. And the silence from Zipper and Co is deafening as usual.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-08 13:57

    while she gets away with this she IS above the law, until PROVEN OTHERWISE.

  • danie.v.niekerk - 2012-11-08 14:02

    Oh yes she is above the law! Because the ANC said so. . .

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-11-08 14:04

    Winnie should be run over - she's a 'hasbeen' and a menace to society

  • dan.gleebits.33 - 2012-11-08 14:05

    Winnie, JZ, Mac, the now dead Shiceka, Yengeni, Shaik, Faku and on, and on... and on. The point is, they couldn't give a F**K for the ordinary rule of law (now where are those tapes JZ?). In a position of such overwhelming power why should any ANC cadre fear anything other than getting on the wrong side of the party (listening JuJu?). But this is not a message of despair - change is in the air, albeit only the sound of a distant whistle of a slow but irresistable train coming down the tracks. SA people are beginning to wake up to what is being done to them by this government. Payback time may be nearer than they think.

  • bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-08 14:08

    You sure DA? The pigs on this farm says otherwise!

  • gustav.preller.75 - 2012-11-08 14:22

    I think the NPA has lost their credibility a long time ago...

      tw2066 - 2012-11-08 17:43

      Obviously haven't lost their loyalty to the ANC thugs.

  • jack.milano.104 - 2012-11-08 14:26

    The ANC refuses to let go of the past. So why should we? Remember the Necklace Queen. She's always thought that she's above the law.

      Attie Stone - 2013-03-17 08:04

      I'll never forget Desmond in a rapture of tears when she refused to repent regarding her involvement with Stompie at the TRC hearing....

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-08 14:27

    This evil, vile woman is satan personified.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-11-08 14:33

    When is murderer going to give it a rest? And incase you didn't know, everyone knows your hair is fake.

  • kenny.kwenamore - 2012-11-08 14:42

    South Africa is no longer a Banana Republic after all bananas a tasty fruit this country is all trash, rubbish and more rubbish shame on you Winnie

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-11-08 15:06

    Winnie the poop is such a has-been. Does anyone other than Juliarse take this Mina-Moo seriously. It's no wonder Madiba told her to go.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-08 15:07

    Of course she's above the Law - she's ANC isn't she?

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-11-08 15:15

    I agree, She's not above the law! Police were doing their JOB!

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-11-08 15:17

    Ooh, people! How can you be so disrespectful to the Mother of the Nation? Did she not suffer on your behalf so that you could now live behind your burglar bars and with your Dobermanns in peace and security? Did she not sacrifice poor Stompie on the altar of democracy so that you could have the right to vote for the DA and those other despicable parties that oppose the ANC as lead by our brilliant leader? To borrow a saying from those horrible colonialists, the British, Mandela can do no wrong! Shame on you! You are all betrayers of our great freedom bought by the blood of our great heroes such as McBride and Kasrils and Yengeni! Treason is the word! Winnie the winner for ever! (I wonder where she got that straight hair from - must be great shampoo, probably made in China)

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-11-08 16:01

    She's a cold blooded murderer who got away with murder poor Stompie years back. I hope she rots in hell. She's so evil she'll easily displace Satan as the most evil person in Hell.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-08 16:04

    She will get her way, she is part and parcel of ANC, she is the offender and the police must be required to reappear for carrying out the law. How can we run a country with a non-entity calling the shots. Come on DA how can we get behind these police officers and have the courts drop the case. Will this not fall under double jeapardy?

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-08 16:28

    Let us all be equal before the countries law, because if our law can have eyes to can see who should be arrested and appear before courts then there is no equality before the law and also there will be no democracy at all. If Winnie is guilty let her face court so as those two policemen. LET OUR COURTS HAVE NO EYES,LET US BE EQUAL BEFORE THEM.

      tw2066 - 2012-11-08 17:46

      Equality? In SA. Really?? Not in a million years. Apartheid replaced by BBBEE and AA. The NP were above the law, now it's the ANC.

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-16 17:14

    No such thing as law in her book, she is protected by the ANC.

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