Petition against Winnie Mandela

This bullying of police officers by the power-mad elite must stop ’ – Solidarity. Institute of Race Relations: “ The incident could seriously undermine police morale…”

An internet petition has been launched among the Afrikaans community to be lodged with SA pres. Jacob Zuma, AnC-Police Minister Nati Mthethwa and Lt-gen Mzwandile Petros, provincial SAPS-chief  – demanding an independent investigation into Winnie Mazikilela-Mandela’s ongoing victimisation ofSAPS Flying Squad officers Abel Twala and  Jannie Odendaal – after they had pulled over her luxury Audi for travelling 150 km/hr through a heavily-populated urban area of greater Johannesburg in Dec 2010.

Mandela Winnie PETITION AGAINST HER VICTIMISATIONJ OF SAPS COPS DEC302010

This bullying of police officers by the power-mad elite must stop ’ – Solidarity … The Institute of Race Relations: “ The incident could seriously undermine police morale…”

http://winniepetisie.co.cc/

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The petition ‘objects in the strongest terms to the  behaviour of Winnie Mandela who views herself as being above the law’. The petition describes details of the incident: that she had ‘yelled at warrant officer Jannie Odendaal and SAPS sergeant Abel Twala after her vehicle had been clocked at a speed of 150km an hour in the urban area of greater Johannesburg on the M1 freeway on Dec 30 2010 …

The petition also details the previous violent crimes for which Mrs Madikizela-Mandela has already been convicted and received very light sentences, pointing out that she is a ‘convicted criminal who in this case endangered the lives of other road users…. Besides the fact that she has made herself guilty of the practice of ANC-politicians to place themselves above the ordinary citizens and above the law with their ‘blue-light convoy escapades’ she and her body guard(s) threatened two police officials who merely viewed it as their duty to carry out the law. And now she and her body-guard (s) are engaged in victimising the police officers from an abusive position of power.

“We demand that Winnie Mandela and her body-guards be prosecuted under the full letter of the law for the violations. We also demand that an independent commission of investigation be established to investigate the entire incident – including the fact that Mrs Mandela had received such light sentences for her previous heinous crimes (including for the murder of the young ANC-activist Stompie Seipei.)

sign petition: http://winniepetisie.co.cc/

Winnie and Me – personal interview describing the event on Dec 30 2010:

December 30, 2010 – SANDTON. Afrikaans Flying Squad w/o Jannie Odendaal and his black colleague Sergeant Abel Twala were racially abused, treated with contempt, Odendaal was assaulted and threatened by her body guard and the two men were yelled at by Winnie Mandela, whose face was painted in a white powder. And why? Because Odendaal and his colleague Twala had been doing their jobs: clocking Winnie Mandela ‘s luxury silver Audi speeding at 150 km/hr on the M1 motorway near Sandton; they pulled over the car:  also because the police-cartracker listed as reportedly stolen. They did not know Mazikilela-Mandela was inside: the vehicle has tinted windows. Twala backed Odendaal up by being armed with an R1 rifle, which is routine, pointing it down towards the roadway while the two officers were getting out of the police car and approaching the Mandela vehicle. They didn’t know at the time who was inside….

The SAPS-officers were immediately victimised by their bosses: both men were transferred 70 km away from their homes within a day; their lives as police-officers also were deliberately endangered because their service-pistols were taken away from them – even though there had not been any firearm-related incidents. And this while they are still expected to continue doing their extremely dangerous jobs.

The Afrikaans cop in particular has been singled out as a target for vengeful hatespeech in the news media –  originating from the Mandela camp.  Mrs Mandela demanded that ‘the white man apologise’ to her personally, at her home.

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SAPS warrant/officer Jannie Odendaal has told the entire detailed story of his run-in with the passengers in the luxury silver Audi belonging to Winnie Mandela in an exclusive a radio broadcast of his trade union Solidarity last week. He added that even if he had known that Nelson Mandela’s high-publicity ex-wife was a passenger in the car, he would ‘still have done his duty.’

ODENDAAL Jannie runin with speeding Winnie Mandela Dec 302010 Sandton

LISTEN TO HIS VERSION OF EVENTS IN AFRIKAANS ON SOLIDARITEIT RADIO:

 : http://www.solidariteitradio.co.za/jannie-odendaal-vs-winnie-die-volle-storie/

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The South African Institute of Race Relations  warned in reaction that ‘the behaviour of senior managers in the South African Police Force, around the recent Winnie Mandela incident, damages police morale, the rule of law, and the fight against crime.”

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Senior SAPS general to Odendaal: “Mrs Mandela fought for the freedom of our country and you must apologise to her…’

Odendaal said in his Solidarity Radio interview that he has signed himself out on sick leave due to all the stress: that  it’s far too dangerous for him to work without his service pistol; that he canot afford on is salary to drive his own car 140km to work each day. He’s deeply hurt by the fact that his commanding officer, Genl. Petros, refused to back them up. Considerable pressure was put on Odendaal to apologise to her, with one leading SAPS officer telling him in Petros’ office: “Mrs Mandela fought for the freedom of our country and you must apologise to her.’ Odendaal said ‘at that point’ he was ‘thinking of apologising because my career would be in danger if I didn’t. “However he decided not to, he said in the interview, because ‘far too many important people show such contempt and utter disrespect for law and order’.

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English-language summary  from Afrikaans radio-solidarity interview with warrant/officer Odendaal’s  radio-interview of his encounter with Winnie Mandela and her body-guard to Solidarity:

Odendaal: “He works for the Emergency Response unit at the East Rand and has been a police-officer since 1991. It is part of his job to react to violent crimes in progress but it’s also part of his job to pull over suspect vehicles while patrolling the freeways. On December 30 he and his colleague noticed a high-speed silver Audi luxury car with tinted windows driving with bright headlights on the M7 freeway north of Golden City.  They checked on the radio with the vehicle-tracker and were advised that the car had been reported stolen and was registered in the name of a company in Soweto. They didn’t know who was inside, the car had tinted windows. The police-team, driving in an unmarked Mercedes, flashed their blue-strobe lights, indicating that the driver of the silver Audi had to pull over. ‘It didn’t, we kept following it with our lights flashing but they did slow down and waved a hand-radio from the window’. Odendaal said he recognised this hand-radio: ‘it was not a police issue item and such radios are often used in armed robberies, so we decided to keep following them and called in for backup from the dog-patrol unit’. The Audi finally stopped at the Jan Smuts avenue turnoff, pointing in the direction of Sandton.  Odendaal said he and his colleague got out of their vehicle, with his colleague, as is routine, backing him up with an R1 rifle. The rifle was pointed downwards, he said. Odendaal said as he tapped on the car-boot, it was opened from the inside, while a ‘burly, strong-looking’ male passenger jumped from the Audi and immediately accosted him, pushing the officer on the chest and shouting at him, telling him that Mrs Mandela was in the car, that ‘they weren’t allowed to search the vehicle, because this wasn’t apartheid any more’.  Odendaal said he shoved the man back and then walked back to the police vehicle to fetch his Tazer. “I told the man to stop assaulting me or I would fire the Tazer’, he said. Then a second passenger, a woman who he did not immediately recognise, jumped from the car and immediately started ranting, shouting and screaming abuse at him. “I didn’t recognise her as Mrs Mandela. She had this white powder-make up all over her face and she looked much older than she does in her newspaper pictures,’ he said.

Mrs Mandela and her body guard kept shouting and yelling at the police officers. Odendaal said he was indeed ‘very shocked at the lack of respect they showed for our police uniforms and the contempt with which they spoke to us.’ Then the driver got out of the Audi too and Odendaal started exchanging information with him, both men were calm. He said the driver was ‘courteous and calm at all times’.  While Odendaal was speaking to the driver, telling him that the police-team had to search the car, as those were Genl. Petros’ orders, Mrs Mandela yelled at the driver to ‘stop this at once, everyone got back into the Audi and they drove off. “ Odendaal said they continued to follow the car until they received confirmation  that the ‘stolen-car’ warning had been withdrawn, that it was  ‘sorted out’. The police-officers, including the dog-patrol unit which had joined them in the meantime, then  returned to their police-station, where they filed a detailed incident report. Odendaal said he had ‘expected his commanding officers to back him up because I was doing my job’. He was shocked when they didn’t: “

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After this incident, Mrs Mandela became so irate that she demanded that the SAPS chef Petros bring the ‘white cop to her house to apologise to her’. Petros apparently received this order directly from senior SAPS Genl. Gela – who is his brother in law.

Solidarity trade union’s spokesman Dirk Hermann has issued a statement warning the Mandela-clan and her “aggressive body guards to leave the young cop alone.  Solidarity stands 100 percent behind our member and will not allow him to be bullied.’

Bullying of ordinary citizens and police officers by the power-mad elite must stop

Hermann: “We have ordered our legal team to provide their full support to Odendaal if the SAPS continues with its ‘bullying tactics’ against this police-officer. We are also preparing criminal charges agaisnt Mrs Madikizela-Mandela’s body guards. This could involve assault, crimen injuria and attempts to divert the course of justice. We cannot allow that ordinary citizens are pushed around like this by the political elite and organisations. We plan to push back. On the one side we stand up for this one member but on the other side we also stand up to fight on behalf of every defenceless individual against the power-mad elite. In a healthy democracy ordinary citizens receive protection and we plan to protect this important aspect of our democracy.’

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links: http://www.solidariteitradio.co.za/jannie-odendaal-vs-winnie-die-volle-storie/

The South African Institute of Race Relations warned that ‘the behaviour of senior managers in the South African Police Force, around the recent Winnie Mandela incident, damages police morale, the rule of law, and the fight against crime.”The Institute’s deputy CEO, Frans Cronje, said: “Police members on the ground must be able to trust in the backing of the chain of command if they are to do their jobs effectively. In this case it appears as if the command chain has placed political considerations above its responsibility to its members. This is likely to undermine the morale not only of flying squad members around the country but also of all police officers. We therefore echo calls for an independent inquiry into events surrounding the Winnie Mandela incident. This matter goes far beyond the rights of a few officers. It goes to the heart of police effectiveness and the maintenance of the rule of law.”http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=217284&sn=Detail&pid=71616

 

SIGN THE PETITION: http://winniepetisie.co.cc/

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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