Thursday 19 April 2018

Winnie Mandela threatens legal action over biopic

Sebastien Berger in Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie is threatening legal action against the makers of a biographical film about her.

The film is likely to detail the fraud, kidnapping and murder controversies that have surrounded the anti-apartheid leader's former wife.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela, as she has been known since her divorce from Mr Mandela in 1996, is revered in some quarters as the "Mother of the Nation" for her role in the struggle against apartheid.

But she is reviled by others. Under apartheid she was convicted of kidnapping Stompie Moeketsi (14), who was later found beaten to death in Soweto.

In 2003, she was convicted of more than 40 charges of fraud.

The South African-made film 'Winnie' is due to start shooting in May and will star Oscar-winning American actress Jennifer Hudson. It is based on the book 'Winnie Mandela: A Life' by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob.

Lawyers for Mrs Madikizela-Mandela (73) have stepped in to warn the producers of the film that she is reserving her legal rights. A letter from Bowman Gilfillan, one of the country's leading law firms said she had not been approached for consent.

A spokesman for Bowman Gilfillan declined to comment. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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