South Africa: Mandela's former wife moves to block meeting over his estate

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, has filed papers in the Mthatha High Court to stop a meeting by the abaThembu royal family to resolve a bitter feud in the Mandela family.

Madikizela-Mandela sparked an outcry last year when she launched a legal challenge against Mandela’s estate, with her lawyers claiming that her divorce from the former President was fraudulently obtained.

She has set her sights on Mandela’s Qunu property, the homestead in the Eastern Cape where Mandela was buried in December, 2013.

Her lawyer, Mvuzo Notyesi, last year claimed the local tribal custom dictates that the rights to the property go to Madikizela-Mandela and her descendants.

Notyesi said papers had been filed and argument was expected to begin next  Wednesday.

Madikizela-Mandela is seeking an interdict ordering that the meeting of the royal family should not be held in Qunu where it is due to take place next week. The planned meeting aims to resolve the dispute over Mandela’s property.

Madikizela-Mandela, who was known as “the Mother of the Nation” during Mandela's lengthy imprisonment, was married to him for 38 years.

Although they were still married when Mandela became president of South Africa in May 1994, they had been separated since 1992 after she had a high-profile affair. Their divorce was finalised in 1996.

Mandela, who remarried former Mozambican First Lady Graca Machel on his 80th birthday, excluded Madikizela-Mandela from his will.
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09 january 2015 11:01:28

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