The African National Congress has asked anti-apartheid activist Winnie Mandela to disband her group of teenage bodyguards, which has been accused of kidnapping and engaging in gang feuds.

Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and community leaders in the black township of Soweto support disbanding the group, known as the Mandela United soccer club, saying it hurts the campaign to end white minority rule.Several newspapers have reported that continuing allegations that the youth group has engaged in unlawful behavior have become a source of friction between Mandela and her husband, Nelson, South Africa's best-known black leader.