'The murder of Stompie Seipei was used to smear Winnie's name'

The director of the documentary 'Winnie' Pascale Lamche says during the investigation and making of the film, a most extraordinary interview was with Vic McPherson, an ex-security policeman and StratCom member during apartheid.

She says he explained how, under P W Botha's regime, a campaign of psychological warfare coordinating several arms of the state was implemented - and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a central target of the operation.

READ: 'We pushed propaganda against Winnie and set her up'

He explains how he had 40 journalists working directly or indirectly for him. So anything he wanted to put into the newspapers would be 'front page'. He also made a documentary with help from his friends and sources at the SABC that as he put it, he flogged on 40 channels throughout the US.

Pascale Lamche, Producer and Director of 'Winnie'

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Lamche says the documentary also looks at the scandal surrounding the death of Stompie Seipei.

The murder of Stompie Seipei was used for political purposes to completely smear Winnie. That was the intention in the first place.

Pascale Lamche, Producer and Director of 'Winnie'

She says Jerry Richardson who ran the Mandela United Football Club was a paid apartheid agent - convicted of the murder of Seipei.

Listen to more details about the documentary:


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