Some Divorce Clause? Winnie To Contest Madiba’s Will In Court

tata is madFormer wife of late Nelson Mandela Winnie Madikizela Mandela is said to challenge the late Nobel Prize winner’s will in court.

Her attorney Mvuzo Notyesi confirmed that they have indeed filed the papers in Umtata High court but could not elaborate further on what exactly is Madikizela Mandela challenging.

In August, Notyesi reportedly wrote to Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, a co-executor of the will.

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.

“It is only in this home that the children and grandchildren of Mrs Madikizela-Mandela can conduct their own customs and traditions . . .”

Madikizela-Mandela (78) who was the former statesman’s second wife, for 38 years, was left out of Mandela’s will, which was read in February following his death on 5 December.

In stark contrast, Madiba’s widow Graca Machel waived her right to half of his estate in March.

“I confirm that Mrs Machel has formally and in writing accepted the benefits bequeathed to her in the last will and testament of former president Mr NR Mandela,” Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said on behalf of the executors of the struggle icon’s estate at the time.

On 3 February, Mandela’s will was made public. It was first written in 2004, and last amended in 2008.

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