Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s nephew Zolile Madikizela has been remanded in custody after the Orlando Magistrates Court denied him bail on Thursday.
Zolile, 30, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly breaking into ANC struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s house in April.
He was arrested at his home in Orlando after Madikizela-Mandela’s household employee Colin Mtileni, opened a case and a warrant for arrest was issued.
Reports had it that Winnie’s nephew stole a plasma TV and designer bags worth more than R100,000 after he made his way into her house.
Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said police have been investigating the two criminal charges since April.
“He is accused of stealing a laptop amounting to R5,000 and a plasma TV at the home of Madikizela-Mandela and designer bags estimated at R100,000,” Mulamu said.
Zolile Madikizela Not Responsible For Missing Birthday Cash
However, despite the criminal charges of house breaking and theft leveled against him, the Hawks said the thirty-year-old is not responsible for Winnie’s missing R83,000 cash.
The money was given to the ANC stalwart at her birthday but it went missing after few days. She had kept the money in her purse – which she carefully kept in her wardrobe. Winnie had allegedly planned to deposit the money at a bank soon. She opened a theft case at the Orlando East police station afterward.
The Orlando East police station confirmed the case to reporters but declined to give further information. Currently, no arrests have made yet but police said an investigation into the theft is still underway.
Meanwhile, Zolile Madikizela is expected to appear in court next week – precisely on October 13.
Born on Sept. 26 in 1936, in the Eastern Cape, Mama Winnie is fondly remembered for withstanding police harassment as a political activist during the apartheid government.