Winnie Mandela Defiant

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JOHANNESBURG: Winnie Mandela may have dismissed allegations by her former comrades in the anti-apartheid movement that she had been involved in the murder of black activists, but her political career appears to be facing one of its greatest ever crises.

Fissures have begun to emerge within the organizational structures of the ruling African National Congress as the political fallout spreads from her hearing before South Africa’s Truth Commission — now even Mrs. Mandela’s bid for the organization’s Number 2 position looks in doubt.

Although she’s unlikely to face any legal punishment, ANC leaders appear to be once again considering banishing her to the political wilderness. That, of course, would revive their ten-year-old dilemma of whether she is more dangerous to them outside than inside the ANC.