Ndabeni takes action over Winnie spat - report

2012-08-02 12:12

Johannesburg - Deputy Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni is planning legal action against ANC Youth League spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy and other league members over the release of a letter, the Star reported on Wednesday.

The letter criticises Ndabeni for remarks she made about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela.

Ndabeni's lawyer, Makhetha Matumba, said the charges were crimen injuria and defamation of character.

"We are suing all those people on the letter including Magdalene," she told the newspaper.

The names of eight league members appear at the bottom of the letter.

The matter relates to Ndabeni's Facebook post about Madikizela-Mandela's criticism of President Jacob Zuma's polygamous lifestyle.

Ndabeni wrote: "Life can be interesting. Dali Mpofu represented Julius Malema in the national disciplinary committee hearings, Mam' Winnie has always seen a great leader like Madiba in Malema, and now the mother of our nation sees immorality in Zuma. Who is a saint between the two of them?"

Moonsamy responded by writing an open letter to Ndabeni, attacking her for criticising Madikizela-Mandela.

She, however, denied she had anything to do with a second letter, which is now the subject of the defamation charge.

  • Spiral - 2012-08-02 12:25

    and the back & forth wasting of tax payers money begins...

      Squeegee - 2012-08-02 12:49

      Pass the popcorn...

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-02 12:57

      Can add it to the R5bn of taxpayers' money thats 'missing'

      kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-02 13:32

      Ditto !

      tw2066 - 2012-08-02 13:32

      And 60% of the populace endorse this circus by voting ANC.? Great nation .......

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-02 13:41

      A curious lack of compadre trolls about today...

      willie.vanschoor - 2012-08-02 14:08

      Who gives a SH%T about these dumb politicians.............SOUTH AFRICA WON GOLD IN THE ROWING!!!!!

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-02 14:12

      The Chinese r going to rule the world!

  • eben.g.smith - 2012-08-02 12:27

    Infighting in the African National Circus, I'm loving it!

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-08-02 12:28

    Children in a nursery school calling each other names. Grow up and stop running to the courts and do something constructive like getting books to schoolchildren as and when they are needed.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-02 12:34


  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-08-02 12:28

    Thoughts *rushing* into my head. Can't get words out. The temptation to play with "Spat, Winnie, and give that person a bells" is almost irrisistable...

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-02 12:36

    Truth hurts! When will they stopwasting our legal systems time and money! Clowns.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-08-02 12:37

    It gets greater and greater.Please don't stop.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-02 12:42

    Just some more public bla bla bla for elections! Really anc, ancyl and winnie it's time you get over yourselves. You people really are pathetic to waste even more tax money on what shall we call it this time? A Catfight in order to buy more face! Really this is ridiculous.

  • godrich.gardee - 2012-08-02 12:48

    The facebook version Stella posted as letter of Magdelene is slanderous and defametory.Case law indicate that where defametory or slanderous letter has been widely circulated by victim, litigant (Stella) may not succeed because of her complicity in publicising the offensive missive. The M and G letter is not slanderous but the facebook version is.

  • Gavin - 2012-08-02 12:57

    dial 0800MORON if you give a toss about crap like this.

  • marjorie.mahlangu - 2012-08-02 13:22

    Come on Ndabeni, don't waste our tax money, no heart feelings,Be a bigger person.

      tebalob - 2012-08-02 13:52

      "Bigger" yeah right!

  • andrew.martin.71619533 - 2012-08-02 13:32

    just who is paying for all of these legal fees, and......on my word, how much time gets wasted by this nonsense....

  • Ditantane - 2012-08-02 13:39

    Stella should concentrate on being on the news about doing her Job.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-02 13:57

    Instead of a Who is Who in Politics it would be apt to see Who is Suing Who in Politics as this would give a pretty good indication of the cost to country of these tit for tat politacl spats.

  • frans.bam - 2012-08-02 13:57

    Our courts are working overtime over all these spats. Helen Godzille is also takeing the youth leugue to court over public spats.When are we giong to be serviced by these courts.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-02 14:53

      If you behave yourself you will not need the courts.

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-08-02 15:04

    Madam you have created this mess for yourself,when people keep quite doesn't mean they are now you must fool yorself around courts to justify your actions.enjy madam.

  • azande.futhi - 2012-08-02 15:22

    This circus within the ANC is not right. Where are the respectful and mature leaders who use to lead the ANC. ANC internal matters never had to be public matters. This current leadership is a disgrace.

  • lourence.manyama - 2012-08-02 15:23

    Whats on the second letter?

  • lourence.manyama - 2012-08-02 15:23

    Whats on the second letter Guys?

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-08-02 20:33

    When Archbishop Tutu said he gon curse the ANC surely he did it. Look what happens in there everyday,shame. Please Bishop,feel for them!

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-08-02 22:21

    Woaw comrades.....this is counter revolutionary, i have read all these open letters doing their rounds in the media. Very scathing attack on fellow cadres.....factions are really destroying our organisation.

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