Johannesburg - Former cabinet minister Sydney Mufamadi denied that he approached the then special security branch to re-open an investigation into the murder of teenage activist Stompie Seipei, as told in the documentary "Winnie", which explored late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's tumultuous life.
Mufamadi shot down a version in the documentary told by the then head of the murder and robbery squad Henk Hesslinger. Hesslinger claimed Mufamadi, as the then safety and security minister, approached him in 1995 to reopen the investigation.
“The minister told me we must re-start the investigation into all cases on Winnie Mandela from Stompie right through and try to get evidence so that she can be tried for murder,” Hesslinger claims in the documentary.
“The minister gave us carte blanche money- wise, logistics- wise and said we can travel throughout the world,” Hesslinger said.
But opening an investigation was the responsibility of a police commissioner, and not minister, said Mufamadi.