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Winnie not above the law - DA

Johannesburg - Charges should be dropped against two policemen involved in an altercation with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her bodyguards two years ago, the DA said on Thursday.

“Madikizela-Mandela must realise that she, too, is subject to the laws of our country, and not above them,” Democratic Alliance spokeswoman on community safety Kate Lorimer said in a statement.

Charges should be dropped against two cops involved in an altercation with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her bodyguards, the DA said. File photo by Jacques Naude. Credit: Independent Newspapers

She found it “inconceivable” that charges were being instituted for a third time against the men.

Beeld reported that the two men appeared in Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of intimidation and pointing a firearm.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said correct procedures were not followed when the charges were withdrawn for a second time in August.

The charges were withdrawn for the first time in September 2011, because the State prosecutor was not prepared to prosecute.

Lorimer said: “If there was not enough evidence to charge Madikizela-Mandela and her bodyguards, how can there be enough evidence to charge the policemen?”

She said the reinstatement of charges called the NPA's credibility into question.

Warrant Officer Jannie Odendaal and Constable Abel Twala would appear again in court later this month. - Sapa

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