Members of the Mandela United Football Club, Johannesburg, 1997. In 1997, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela appeared at the Truth Commission to answer allegations about her involvement with the Mandela United Football Club. A number of parents from Soweto had testified about the disappearance of their children after they had come into contact with these men. The Commission had gathered evidence linking the club to more than twenty incidents of abduction, assault and murder. The coach, Jerry Richardson, testified at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and claimed that his orders came from Mrs Winnie Mandela, whom he called "mommie". Mrs Mandela denied all involvement.