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Saturday 20 September 2014

Mandela family split as reading of will looms

Aislinn Laing Cape Town

Published 06/01/2014 | 02:30

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Winnie Mandela
Winnie Mandela

Nelson Mandela's extensive family has continued the bitter squabbles that began before his death with a dispute over who is now their proper leader, days before the reading of his will is expected.

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Both his oldest grandson, Mandla Mandela, an ANC MP who was nominated by the former statesman to be a traditional chief in his home province and his eldest daughter by his first wife Evelyn, Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah, are seeking to win control of decision-making within the family.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Mandela's ex-wife who has retained her prominence in the family, suggested in a recent statement that Makaziwe should run its affairs, in concert with her own two daughters, Zenani and Zindzi.

DISRESPECTFUL

Her intervention earned a rebuke from the AbaThembu royal house to which the former South African president belonged. It called her remarks "disrespectful".

"Mandla Mandela is the only point of entry to the Mandela house and he remains the head of this house," an AbaThembu spokesman said.

Last week, Mandla welcomed Prince Albert of Monaco and his South African wife, Charlene, "on behalf of the Royal House of Mandela", to his powerbase, the Eastern Cape village of Mvezo where Mandela was born and where the grandson has built a Camelot-style resort.

It has also been reported that Graca Machel, Mandela's third wife and widow, had been given notice to vacate the Johannesburg home they shared. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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