South Africa: Mandela's former holiday home opened to the public

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela's holiday home has been opened to the public for the first time, but the accommodation costs a hefty US$8,000 per night.

The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation, which is about 200 kilometres north of Johannesburg, is located at the famous Shambala Private Game Reserve.

The villa was used as a retreat for the global statesman after his presidency and while he was drafting his acclaimed “Long Walk To Freedom” memoirs.

It has also been used by his old friends Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey and other international celebrities who require privacy and a tranquil setting.

The luxurious villa includes a boardroom and a presidential suite along with five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Mandela’s rural home in the Eastern Cape is also in the news due to a legal spat involving his former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The liberation stalwart has challenged Mandela’s estate in the Mthatha High Court, claiming the property had been obtained while she was married to him and that it belonged to her in terms of AbaThembu custom.

In his last will and testament, Mandela left his childhood property to his family while Madikizela-Mandela, who was married to him for 38 years, was excluded from the will.
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22 may 2015 10:48:58

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