The ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was seen storming out of a residential complex in Brakpan after it was revealed that person she was visiting was neither sick nor the victim of a tragedy; neither grieving nor famous.
An eyewitness said he noticed the former first lady’s turbo-charged Subaru speeding away from the east rand home.
Madikizela-Mandela’s chief bodyguard, Goldstein Mnthembu, told reporters that his boss had thought it was “the other Patricia Lewis; the one who sings” who she was visiting a few months after throat surgery.
Mnthembu added that it was only after the woman refused to sing, or even say ‘aaaahh’ that Madikizela-Mandela dropped a small cake and a bag of bagels next to a framed photograph of the woman and a Ghanaian football player, and left.
This is the second visiting mishap in as many months for the ex-president’s ex-wife. Most recently, when attempting to visit a group of residents of a flooded settlement near the Vaal river, she landed up spending an afternoon with the Potchefstroom Dutch Reform Church’s women’s group. Leader of the group, Lizandre-Ilonka van der Planck, said their guest was ‘quite charming’ and had left with a milk tart recipe and accurate directions.
Meanwhile, despite Patricia Lewis of Brakpan being left quite upset at being urged to sing, she remarked that Madiba’s ex-wife had worn a fetching hat, and that the bagels were fresh.