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Phone tap on Winnie’s secret love affair

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 29: A tap of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's telephone in 1988 and '89 indicated she was having an affair with an anti-aparthe...

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 29: A tap of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s telephone in 1988 and ’89 indicated she was having an affair with an anti-apartheid activist while her then husband, Nelson Mandela, was in jail, a policeman said on Wednesday.

Superintendent Louis Watermeyer told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) at a special hearing here that transcripts of the phone tap showed that Winnie had used terms of endearment when speaking to the activist, Themba Mabotha. Watermeyer said phrases such as “oh my lovely where are you?” and “I miss you,” were used by Winnie when speaking to Mabotha.

Winnie, meanwhile, decided not to attend a special truth commission hearing into police involvement in a smear campaign against her, her lawyer said today.

Ishmail Semenya arrived alone at the start of the hearing here and told reporters that Winnie would not be coming.

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First published on: 30-01-1998 at 12:00:00 am
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