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Special Report
Transcripts for Section 6 of Episode 4

22:09Moketsi Seipei was an 11 year old boy from the Free State with a difference. He swapped his wire car and childhood games for the struggle against oppression. And his name will forever haunt the woman who once seemed to be destined for great things in South Africa. Full Transcript and References
22:25He was known as the young general. Stompie Moketsi Seipei, the child activist whose brutal death made world headlines at the end of the tumultuous eighties. In the dusty hot bed of militance, Tumahole township near Parys in the Free State, Stompie Seipei commanded the 1500 strong children’s army, the Young Ones or Fourteens. In the mid eighties he became the youngest child detainee. Full Transcript
22:54Stompie was detained in many prisons. He’s been to Sasol, to Leeuhof, to Heilbron, he went to Koppies and he was in Potchefstroom. On the 26th of May in 1987 Stompie came back from Potchefstroom. In 1987 on the 25th of June, that was the first time that I see Stompie. He left Tumahole. He was being chased by the police. And he decided to run away, he went to Johannesburg, because he was running away from the police. Full Transcript
23:36Two years later on January 6th 1989, Stompie’s decaying body, punctured with stab wounds was found in a Soweto veld. A number of court trials found that he was last seen at this house, Diepkloof, Soweto, home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Stompie was brought here with three other young people after being abducted from the Orlando West Methodist Church. And it is here that he is said to have been accused of being a police informer, and assaulted non-stop for four days. Full Transcript
24:08On the 30th of July, two ministers from Johannesburg Methodist Church arrived. It was Bishop Peters with Paul Verryn. They told me that they are seeing me in connection with Stompie. They said it was on the 29th of December in 1988 when Stompie was taken from the Methodist Church. Together with his friends they were taken to Mrs Winnie Mandela’s house. They said to me, they don’t know. They are still searching for Stompie. They don’t know whether is he alive or is he dead. And they told me that his friends told them that his brain was leaking. Full Transcript
24:58The Mandela United Football Club, branded as thugs and asked to disband by Archbishop Tutu and others was implicated on all counts: abduction, assault, murder. Jerry Richardson, its coach and bodyguard to Winnie Mandela got the death sentence in August 1990 for the murder of Stompie Seipei. Winnie Mandela did not escape the law but many would say she escaped justice. In May 1991 she was convicted on four counts of kidnapping, and sentenced to six years for her role in the Stompie affair. Two years later an appeal court reduced this to a kidnapping charge. She walked away with a fine and a suspended sentence. Full Transcript
25:41The Stompie affair is not dead. This week, his mother, Joyce Seipei, for the first time publicly spoke of her hurt, grief and bitterness. At the time of Stompie’s death, she was gagged and denounced by comrades who towed the line that Stompie was not really dead. Joyce Seipei buried her son on February 25 1989, a day after Winnie Mandela told the media that Stompie was still alive. Will she ever know the truth? // I’d like the Commission to help me a lot. There is something that is really hurting me. I don’t get deep information about Stompie.Full Transcript
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