The producer of the award winning documentary on the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has apologised to former Safety and Security minister Sydney Mufamadi for not making an effort to contact him to get his side of the story.
Producer of the documentary, Pascale Lamche says: “I apologised to him in this briefing. I apologised that I did not call him to ask him to be in the film, that is true. The entire documentary is uncomfortable about everything that was done in order to control and manage Winnie Mandela.”
In a press briefing earlier Mufamadi told the media that former DA leader Tony Leon requested the reopening of the case of activist Stompie Seipei.
He says he was denied the right to participate in the documentary.
There are claims made in the award winning documentary by Lamche that Mufamadi put pressure on then Police Commissoner George Fivaz to re-start investigations into Madikizela-Mandela.
The documentary was first aired publicly in the aftermath of Madikizela-Mandela’s death. It drew an outcry after it showed how a propaganda plan was hatched allegedly by some in Madikizela-Mandela’s beloved ANC, apartheid government leaders and journalists to weaken her politically.
Mufamadi criticised the producer of the documentary, Pascale Lamche for not allowing him a right of reply.
“They say it’s an award-winning documentary… I ask myself whether those who give the awards consider the issue of ethics. People against whom these chilling allegations are made are alive and available… they have a right to put forward their version.”
He said Madikizela-Mandela was not the only ANC leader to appear before the TRC, as several others did, including himself, for kidnapping a police officer during the heydays of apartheid. Additional reporting ANA