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Mufamadi denies wanting Madikizela-Mandela tried for Seipei murder

Mufamadi is this morning responding to claims that he tried to implicate the struggle icon in the murder of child activist Stompie Seipei.

Former Safety and Security Minister Sydney Mufamadi. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Safety and Security Minister Sydney Mufamadi says that he was never asked to respond to damning allegation made against him in a recently aired documentary about the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Mufamadi is this morning responding to claims that he tried to implicate the struggle icon in the murder of child activist Stompie Seipei.

Seipei was killed at the age of 14 after being accused of being a police informer.

His body was found near Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home in 1989.

Mufamadi has rubbished allegations that he wanted Madikizela-Mandela to go on trial for Seipei’s murder.

He says out of respect for Madikizela-Mandela, he didn't want to respond to the claims during the national mourning period.

Mufamadi says some of the claims made in the film are wrong.

“As far as operational issues are concerned, deciding on whether to open or close investigations, that’s the part of the national commissioner, it’s not a responsibility of the minister.”

He also accuses the producer of the documentary of never giving him an opportunity to respond.

“I’ve absolutely no right to censor a documentary. I know that even though I was denied the right or I was presumed deaf because there’s a lot of misinformation in the public domain. There are other ways by which I’ll be able to communicate.”

The documentary alleges that Mufamadi told former Police Commissioner George Fivaz to reopen the investigation into Madikizela-Mandela so she can be tried for the Seipei's murder.

Fivas clarified earlier this month that there was no evidence connecting Madikizela-Mandela to Seipei's murder.

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