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Mandela's children won't share in €1.3m will

Aislinn Laing

Published 04/02/2014 | 02:30

Zenani Mandela (L), daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela gets a hug from Sahm Venter ahead of the reading of his father's Will at the Nelson Mandela Center of Memory in Houghton,February 3, 2014. Former South African President Nelson Mandela has left his $4.1 million  estate to family members, the ruling African National Congress, former staff and several local schools, according to a reading of his will on Monday.
Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told reporters the division of the estate - provisionally valued at 46 million rand ($4.1 million) excluding royalties - had been accepted by Mandela's family earlier on Monday with no contestation so far. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS)
Zenani Mandela (L), daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela gets a hug from Sahm Venter ahead of the reading of his father's will

Nelson Mandela left an estate worth 46m Rand (about €3m) from which he made cash bequests to his family totalling the equivalent of €1.3m, the executors of his will have revealed.

None of the three surviving children of South Africa's first black president received any money and neither did his two eldest granddaughters, because each of the five had received gifts worth about €200,000 in the years before Mr Mandela's death in December.

His oldest grandson Mandla, a traditional chief in his rural Eastern Cape birthplace who has had several public disputes with the rest of the family, will now also receive €200,000 but it will be controlled by a family trust rather than given to him directly.

His other grandchildren received varying amounts of money, some of which he said should be disbursed by older members of the family or put into trust, suggesting he wanted to ensure it was wisely spent.

His widow Graca Machel will keep the four houses they owned jointly in her home country of Mozambique, along with the couple's cars, artwork and jewellery. Mr Mandela also left €200,000 to each of her two children by her first husband, former Mozambique president Samora Machel.

Mr Mandela bequeathed the equivalent of €6,800 to his former schools and universities and also rewarded those who had worked for him since his release from prison with €2,500 each – including his cook, driver and personal assistants.

In an apparent snub, he left nothing to his second wife Winnie, to whom he was married for nearly 40 years before their divorce in 1996.

The will was formally revealed to his family shortly before it was made public in Johannesburg yesterday.

Dikgang Mosekene, South Africa's deputy chief justice and one of Mr Mandela's three lawyers, said that although the reading had been "emotionally charged", there had been no challenges to it so far.

Two daughters, Makaziwe and Zenani, who took legal action last year against those who controlled Mr Mandela's assets, had indicated that they might do so again if the will did not go their way.

The will does not include potentially larger sums that sit within family trusts set up by Mr Mandela before he died, and their eventual disbursement could prove "a massive, treacherous area", according to a source close to the process. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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