South Africa: Back on The Stand

A once silent witness talks up and denounces Winnie Mandela

When he first took the stand last month, Kenneth Kgase, 31, refused to testify out of fear for his life. Last week, after pondering the possibility of being jailed for his silence, Kgase decided to talk. And what he had to say in Johannesburg's Rand Supreme Court against Winnie Mandela, the wife of African National Congress (A.N.C.) leader Nelson Mandela, resounded like a clap of thunder. Yes, said Kgase, Mandela and her bodyguards were guilty as charged: they savagely beat him and three other young black men in her Soweto home in December 1988.

Prosecutors accuse Mandela and her guards of...

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