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“The general said this was political and we should go and apologise and the case would go away,” said Odendaal. “I was prepared to apologise, but then I was told General Mzwandile Petros said we should not go as we were just doing our jobs. We were told there would be no case opened against us.”
But last week Odendaal was told he was being transferred to the Soweto flying squad, 140km from his home. His partner, who lives in Soweto, was transferred to the East Rand. Odendaal said policemen were generally transferred if there were charges against them, but nobody had informed him of any.
Lorimer (DA) says in a statement that she is "extremely concerned" about the allegation that Petros would supposedly accompany the police officials to Madikizela-Mandela. "If this is the case, what on earth gives him the impression that some people can break the law at will? He is supposed to support his police officials because it seems they were simply doing their jobs, as he has ordered on many occasions."
Pieter Groenewald, FF+ MP and spokesperson for police, says in a statement that Madikizela-Mandela should "immediately" be arrested for defeating the ends of justice.
Her behaviour furthermore testifies of a disregard for the law and creates the impression that she is above the law. Furthermore, her behaviour is an embarrassment to other MPs.
His party also wants an investigation about Petros' role, because his integrity has now been called into question: "His behaviour amounts to special treatment for Madikizela-Mandela.
The second policeman in the alleged altercation with ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said he would not apologise for doing “his job”, the Rapport reported on Sunday.
“Mama Winnie is making this a racist issue. I am Black. How can I be racist towards other blacks. I will not apologise for doing my job,” said Constable Abel Twala.
Twala was with Warrant Officer Jannie Odendaal when they stopped Madikizela-Mandela's car on the M1 North in Johannesburg on December 30 because it was allegedly being driven recklessly at 150 kilometres per hour.