Malawi's first lady urges Mbeki to pardon Winnie

Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi first lady Patricia Shanil Muluzi has written to South African President Thabo Mbeki, pleading with him to grant presidential pardon to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was sentenced Friday by a Pretoria Court to five years in jail for fraud and theft.
The divorced wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, was convicted over a loan scandal on behalf of employees of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League, which she heads.
The Malawi first lady, while acknowledging that the due process might have been followed in the case, urged Mbeki to pardon Madikizela-Mandela purely on humanitarian grounds.
"Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, her children, grand-children and many family members suffered mental and physical torture throughout the 27 years her former husband, Dr Nelson Mandela, spent on Robben Islands prison," Mrs Muluzi said in a statement.
She said Madikizela-Mandela had tirelessly fought and suffered jail terms for her leading role in the anti-apartheid struggle.
She also urged Mbeki to consider setting up a counselling team "to ensure that Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela goes through quick rehabilitation to enable her settle in her normal daily life".

25 april 2003 18:04:00

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