A senior South African prosecutor said yesterday that the state was charging Winnie Mandela, wife of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, with four counts of kidnapping and four of assault. The Johannesburg district attorney general's office said that the charges arose from incidents at her Soweto home that led to the murder of teenage black activist Stompie Seipei.
Attorney General Klaus Von Lieres said that Mrs. Mandela would appear at the Supreme Court in Johannesburg on Sept. 24 together with seven others who have already been charged. That hearing is intended to set an early trial date.
Jerry Richardson, one of Mandela's bodyguards and coach of the so-called Mandela United Football Club, was sentenced to death last month for Mr. Seipei's murder after a trial in which allegations of Mandela's involvement were made.