Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

South Africa Police Order Full Probe of Mandela Charge

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

South Africa Police Order Full Probe of Mandela Charge

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SOUTH African Police have appointed a senior police officer to investigate new allegations published in the Monitor Monday linking Winnie Mandela to the murder of Soweto physician Abu-Baker Asvat on Jan. 27, 1989.

Asvat, who was health secretary of the anti-apartheid Azanian Peoples Organization, was murdered two weeks after he reportedly visited Mrs. Mandela's home to examine a 14-year-old youth, Stompie Moeketsi Seipei, who was assaulted in her home in December 1988.

Stompie was later found dead, and Jerry Richardson, then head of her bodyguard, the United Mandela Football Club, is serving a 19-year jail sentence for the murder.

Two black men, Cyril Mbatha and Johannes Dlamini, are serving jail sentences for Asvat's murder. But wide suspicions remain in anti-apartheid, family, and legal circles that the true motive for his death has not been established.

"We will have a fresh look at the matter and take statements from people who have new information," said Col. Reg Crewe of police headquarters in Pretoria.

Colonel Crewe indicated that the two former associates of Mrs. Mandela, Katiza Cebekhulu and Xoliswa Falati, who were co-defendants in her trial last year, would be among those sought by the police for questioning.

The Monitor published new allegations Monday by Mr. Cebekhulu, who is thought to be in a "safe house" in Lusaka, Zambia, in which he linked Mrs. Mandela to Asvat's death.

Mrs. Mandela was convicted last May in the kidnapping and assault of four black youths at her home in Diepkloof, Soweto and sentenced to six years jail. Her case in on appeal.

Mrs. Falati, who had a public dispute with Mrs. Mandela last week and is now in the care of the African National Congress (ANC), has indicated that she, too, has new information concerning Mrs. Mandela and Asvat.

On Tuesday Mrs. Mandela's lawyer, Ismail Ayob, denied that there was any link between her and Asvat's death.

"Allegations that Mrs. Winnie Mandela is responsible for the death of the late Dr. …

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