Mandela’s ex-wife goes to jail


On the last 25th april 2003, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was sentenced to five years in jail after conviction on several charges of fraud and theft. One year of the sentence was suspended for five years.

Winnie, once known as the Mother of the Nation will serve eight months of her sentence in prison, after which she would be required to do community service, Magistrate Peet Johnson said in the Pretoria Regional Court.

Her co-accused, broker Addy Moolman, was sentenced to seven years in prison, of which two years were suspended for five years.

Winnie Mandela was convicted on 43 counts of fraud and 25 of theft on Thursday. This involved fake loan payments worth R1million to non-existent members of ANC Women’s League.

In a statement issued afterwards, Winnie has said she would resign her official posts. Among the posts she has said to resign from are: African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament, ANC Women’s League president and member of the ANC’s national executive committee.