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Fall of Winnie Mandela Began Nearly 2 Years Ago; Erratic Behavior Preceded Recent Violence
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Claiborne, William
Date: Feb 18, 1989
Start Page: a.27
Section: A SECTION

According to the police, four youths, including Stompie Moeketsi, were abducted and driven to Mandela's house. What happened next is a matter of dispute between Mandela, the abducted youths and numerous community leaders who have investigated the affair. But what is certain is that Stompie was never again seen alive outside of the house by anyone willing to come forward to give evidence.

A contradictory version can be pieced together from the recollections of some of the more than 100 trade unionists, churchmen and community organization leaders who attended an emergency community meeting on Jan. 7. They heard what they later described as horrifying testimony by three of the abducted youths, including one who escaped from the Mandela home and two whose release was negotiated by Soweto civic leader Nthato Motlana and [Nelson Mandela]'s lawyer, Israel Ayob, apparently acting on instructions from the imprisoned ANC leader. At the time, Stompie was still missing.

Police investigators have said that Stompie apparently was then taken from Mandela's house to a field in Soweto and his throat was slashed. No formal charges have been made against Mandela or her bodyguards, although police have begun a top-level investigation.

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