JOHANNESBURG - Former safety and security minister Sydney Mufamadi says the controversial Winnie Madikizela-Mandela documentary "Winnie" is one-sided.
The award-winning documentary was first aired publicly in South Africa after Madikizela-Mandela's death.
It drew an outcry after it showed that a propaganda plan was hatched allegedly by some in Madikizela-Mandela's beloved ANC, apartheid government leaders and journalists to weaken her politically.
Mufamadi gave his side of the story on Monday after damning allegations in the documentary that he sought to implicate the late struggle veteran in the murder of teen activist Stompie Seipei.
He said the filmmaker, Pascale Lamche, had never given him a chance to give his side of the story.
"You make five chilling revelations about people who are still alive and still available. You don't think they have a right to ensure that they put forward a version which may corroborate what other people are saying or which may need to be compared to what others are saying, which would have been a fair thing to do,” Mufamadi said during a media briefing in Johannesburg.
“This is a right I will promote and defend even if the victim is not myself."
Mufamadi questioned why the Madikizela-Mandela story was told by apartheid operatives in the documentary.
"Why does this doccie feel it’s enough to have [Henk] Hesslinga, McPherson and [Paul] Erasmus to tell the story and life of Winnie Mandela?
“It's not material to the issue."
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Mufamadi says that in the late 1980s the United Democratic Front was very concerned about things that were being done in Madikizela-Mandela’s name by the Mandela Football Club.
“We got worried about things that were happening around comrade Winnie,” he said.
“We had every right to be worried, things that were done by the Mandela United Football Club in the name of comrade Winnie, and by extension in the name of the liberation movement which Nelson Mandela and comrades were some of the leaders.”
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The former minister said there was was a probe into Madikizela-Mandela's alleged role in Seipei's death.
He insists it wasn't aimed at vilifying the struggle icon and that the same investigation later proved her innocence.
"People say comrade Sydney cannot claim to not know and I never said I didn't know," said Mufamadi.
“It was not an investigation about a tree that fell and killed a cat. It was one on a public representative. Winnie Mandela, who's part of this glorious movement. I knew there was an investigation on comrade Winnie.
“I never sought to say: don't pick up so and so because he's the one who must account for what happens.
“What people tend to forget, because they think it was an investigation to vilify her, is that he went to the commission and said no evidence.”
He said Madikizela-Mandela was not the only ANC leader to appear before the TRC, as several others did, including himself, for kidnapping a police officer during the heydays of apartheid.
- Additional reporting by African News Agency