eNCA senior reporter Xoli Mngambi interviews former police commissioner George Fivaz who testified in the TRC on the Stompie Seipei case.
JOHANNESBURG – Former Police Commissioner George Fivas on Tuesday set the record straight in what he has described as a "negative reaction" to his interview with eNCA on the matter of Stompie Seipei.
In the interview, he cleared late African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela of the brutal murder of the 14-year-old activist.
After the interview, Fivas was criticised for only coming out with the truth now.
[SETTING RECORD STRAIGHT]— Xoli Mngambi (@XoliMngambi) April 17, 2018
Former Police Commissioner GeorgeFivaz issues a statement after what he says has been “negative reaction” to his TV interview with @eNCA on the StompieSeipei matter. pic.twitter.com/rdx155iiqL
Fivas, however, sent a statement to back up his argument that even prior to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing, he had always maintained Madikizela-Mandela’s innocence.
"Mama Winnie was so gracious to me at her TRC hearing in 1997 and we even met after my testimony, on her insistence, to thank me for &39;clearing her name&39; in her own words," Fivas said.
His statement was accompanied by a picture of with the late icon, which he claimed was taken after the testimony.
"I was very surprised at the negative reaction during Mama Winnie&39;s memorial service, saying that I had &39;only now&39; come forward with the truth."