Everyday I see Malema shouting on television I admire his energy and convictions. Everyday I hear him talk about the EFF and the vision or democratized economic prosperity I chuckle with pride.
I saw him deliver that oratory at Winnie’s funeral. I heard him call names. I was touched by his delivery. But I did’t know why I even thought he could shock me, and throw a dart at Dali Mpofu for me.
Dali Mpofu was a young ANC lawyer. He was half Winnie Mandela’s age at some point. The allegations were rife then. He was suspected of repeated open adultery with Winnie. Reports reached Mandela, he didnt curse him as many expected.
When Mandela came home from prison many thought they would stop. But the liaison between Winnie and Dali Mpofu continued, apparently. Winnie strenuously denied the open secret.
But her love letters to the impudent adulterer were later exposed. Mpofu is innocent, yes he denied all the allegations.
In one letter Winnie wrote Dali Mpofu : “…You have no time for me… You are running around f**** girls at every emotional excuse…. …Tata has not spoken to me for 5 months because of you… yet you have no time for me…”
The letter, dated 17 March and signed ‘It’s me’, reveals how Winnie Mandela’s relationship with Dali Mpofu – who at 30 is about half her age – helped wreck her marriage to Nelson Mandela. It discloses that at one point Mr Mandela, whom she calls by his family nickname ‘Tata’, refused to speak to her for five months because of the affair. The letter was authenticated using a copy of her handwriting.
“The only time you have time to talk to me is about women ofeba nabo (a Xhosa term meaning ‘women you are having sex with’), as you are doing right now. You are supposed to care so much for me that the fact that I haven’t been speaking to Tata for five months now over you is no longer your concern.
“I keep telling you the situation is deteriorating at home, you are not bothered because you are satisfying yourself every night with a woman,” the letter said, adding: “I won’t be your bloody fool, Dali”.
Less than a month later, Mr Mandela announced his separation from his wife.
But it was likely to be a later section of the letter that Winnie had most cause to regret. She admitted that she gave 160,000 rand (about US$14,000) to Dali Mpofu, and talked of her fear of an investigation into the accounts of the social welfare department of the ANC.
“You think you can just wish away certain things Dali, not with me. I tell you I’m in trouble with the Simmonds Street a/c which reflects over R160,000 drawn over a period for you. You don’t even bother to check how we can overcome this. I tell you (ANC lawyer Ismael) Ayob has been sent by Tata to get an accountant to investigate my a/c. I tell you Ntombi (a woman in the ANC welfare department) is gossiping about the cheques we used to ask her to cash in the name of the Dept and how I gave you all that money,” the letter says.
Two months later the ANC said it was investigating alleged fraud involving 400,000 rand while Mrs Mandela and Mr Mpofu were running the department. In May, Mr Mpofu was sacked by the ANC after Mrs Mandela resigned from the welfare department. He is suing for wrongful dismissal.
The newspapers which published the letter – the Sunday Star and the Sunday Times – said both people declined opportunities to comment.
Tata (Nelson Mandela) divorced Winnie for unrelenting infidelity. Dali Mpofu and Winnie were investigated by the ANC for embezzlement of funds belonging to Social Development Dept which they both ran.
Dali Mpofu was sacked. Winnie Mandela resigned. That same Dali has become the chairman of EFF, one of the major parties in South Africa.
Malema is the founder, mouth piece and president of the party. He sees and talks about the sin of everyone, past and present. But on Dali Mpofu and that sacrilege, he is deaf blind and dumb!