Yesterday, Ms. Madikizela-Mandela was arrested by the Police in Cape Town 2 days after her upcoming 80th birthday dinner at the renowned Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.
Although charges against the sitting member of the South African Parliament is very sketchy, it is believe she was arrested for alleged fraud.
Winnie Mandela was found guilty on 43 counts of fraud and 25 of theft, and her broker, Addy Moolman, was convicted on 58 counts of fraud and 25 of theft on 24 April 2003. Both had pleaded not guilty to the charges, which related to money taken from loan applicants’ accounts for a funeral fund, but from which the applicants did not benefit. Madikizela-Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison.
Shortly after the conviction, she resigned from all leadership positions in the ANC, including her parliamentary seat and the presidency of the ANC Women’s League.
In July 2004, an appeal judge of the Pretoria High Court ruled that “the crimes were not committed for personal gain”. The judge overturned the conviction for theft, but upheld the one for fraud, handing her a three years and six months suspended sentence.