Winnie wants Mandela's Qunu home - report

East London - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is challenging the estate of former president Nelson Mandela, seeking the rights to his home in Qunu, the Daily Dispatch reported on Tuesday.

Madikizela-Mandela's lawyer Mvuyo Notyesi reportedly wrote to deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, a co-executor of the will, two weeks ago.

In the letter Notyesi argued that AbaThembu custom 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.

Customs and tradition

“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 among others.

It was not an attack on his will, but an assertion of customary and traditional rights, the letter said.

Moseneke reportedly acknowledged receipt of the letter and said the claim would be discussed on Thursday.

Madikizela-Mandela, who was the former statesman's second wife, for 38 years, was left out of Mandela's will, which was released in February following his death on 5 December.

Mandela wrote in his will that: "The Qunu property should be used by my family in perpetuity in order to preserve the unity of the Mandela family."

Grant Durban 2014-08-05 08:12:05 AM
She wasn't the first wife?
Sejouse Freedom 2014-08-05 08:12:08 AM
I see there is a big piece of un-worked land, that part of the land claims program?
Mbudzeni Shandukani 2014-08-05 08:17:37 AM
Interesting overlap between western law/"will" & tradition.we wait and see who prevails.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-05 08:17:41 AM
Will Winnie get what she wants. This is going to be another first class comedy.
Charl-Bradford Stringer 2014-08-05 08:21:57 AM
Western Law is above custom law.. Imagine the chaos this country would be in if local chiefs were the rulers, judges and attorneys. A banana republic
Charl-Bradford Stringer 2014-08-05 08:21:58 AM
Western Law is above custom law.. Imagine the chaos this country would be in if local chiefs were the rulers, judges and attorneys. A banana republic
Del Pearson 2014-08-05 08:22:28 AM
She has no right to the land but if they want to go that route the children from his first marriage should claim.
September Mphikeleli 2014-08-05 08:23:19 AM
She was advised by ANC to claim it is part an parcel of land claim as open now to rightful owners another cold war
Julie 2014-08-05 08:23:24 AM
Winnie and Stompie........
Hlomani Job Mbava Chauke 2014-08-05 08:25:05 AM
Shame poor Winnie, what is it that she doesn't understand about divorce? She is only an ex why the big deal?