Winnie Mandela, the second wife of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, launches legal challenge to his will. The City Press reports she is challenging the will because she wants control of his Qunu home. That’s where Mandela is buried and it will be worth millions. So, one can argue that money could be at the root of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s legal challenge.
Nelson Mandela was a very astute man. I am sure he knew about the customs Winnie Mandela is hanging her hat on, but he still chose to leave her out of his will. Had this been in the U.S., she would have been laughed out of court, considering the two were divorced for a long time.
Here’s more from City Press:
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is challenging the estate of former president Nelson Mandela because she wants the rights to his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape.
Madikizela-Mandela’s lawyer Mvuyo Notyesi reportedly wrote to deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, X who is a co-executor of the will X two weeks ago, the Daily Dispatch reported today.
In the letter Notyesi argued that abaThembu customs dictated that the rights to the property go to Madikizela-Mandela and her descendants.
“This position becomes applicable irrespective of whether the wife was divorced or not,” Notyesi was quoted as writing.
“It is only in this home that the children and grandchildren of Mrs Madikizela-Mandela can conduct their own customs and tradition …”
Supporting affidavits would be filed from abaThembu elders and King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.
It was not an attack on his will but an assertion of customary and traditional rights, the letter said.