And they are off….Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela wasn’t even buried yet and the infighting between his oldest daughter Makaziwe Mandela and oldest grandson, Mandla Mandela, started with locks being changed at his Qunu compound. Money and power will do crazy things to people. I hope Nelson Mandela’s left an iron-clad will. It would be interesting if he left most of his estate to current wife Graca Machel, who conducted herself with grace and dignity from the day they were married until she laid her husband to rest.
Several independent sources told City Press that as soon as Makaziwe arrived at the family home in Qunu on Thursday ahead of the funeral, she changed the locks of the house used by Mandla in the village.
“They put someone in his bedroom. When he [Mandla] arrived on Saturday he did not have access to his house. He was fuming,” said one source.
“Makaziwe was the one who ordered for the locks to be changed. She is calling the shots. She did not want relatives aligned to Mandla to be accredited. Some family members close to Mandla could not even enter at the gates in Qunu because they did not have name tags. They were turned away from their own home.”
City Press also understands Makaziwe wrote a letter to Mandla ordering him to remove his dogs from the family homestead in Qunu.
AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s confidante, Jongisizwe Ndzambule, confirmed Mandla had been sidelined and forced to play a minimal role.
“When we accompanied the king to Houghton last week Mandla was nowhere to be seen. We were welcomed by Ndileka, Makaziwe, Lindiwe Sisulu and chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima. This was supposed to be done by Mandla,” Ndzambule said, adding that Mandla featured little in the preparations for the funeral itself. Source: City Press