Nelson Mandela Family Feud Resumes as They Await Reading of Will

Aislinn Laing, Telegraph (London), January 5, 2014

Nelson Mandela’s extensive family has continued the bitter squabbles that began before his death with a dispute over who is now their proper leader, days before the reading of his will is expected.

Both his oldest grandson, Mandla Mandela, an ANC MP, who was nominated by the former statesman to be a traditional chief in his home province, and his eldest daughter by his first wife Evelyn, Makaziwe Mandela, are seeking to win control of decision-making within the family over his legacy.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Mandela’s ex-wife who has retained her prominence in the family, suggested in a recent statement that Makaziwe should run its affairs, in concert with her own two daughters, Zenani and Zindzi.

Her intervention earned a rebuke from the AbaThembu royal house to which the former South African president belonged. It called her remarks “disrespectful”. “Mandla Mandela is the only point of entry to the Mandela house and he remains the head of this house,” an AbaThembu spokesman said.

Last week, Mandla welcomed Prince Albert of Monaco and his South African wife, Charlene, “on behalf of the Royal House of Mandela”, to his powerbase, the Eastern Cape village of Mvezo where Mandela was born and where the grandson has built a Camelot-style resort.

Mandla said that he saw his role as “promoting and maintaining the legacy” of his grandfather. But Mandla’s patriarchal stance could cause friction with other family members. It was reported last month that Makaziwe had gone as far as changing the locks at Mandela’s house in Qunu, in whose grounds he is buried, to bar Mandla from accessing it.

It was also reported that Graca Machel, Mandela’s third wife and widow, had been given notice to vacate the Johannesburg home they shared. Makaziwe told The Daily Telegraph the reports were “rubbish”.

Before Mandela’s death, when the 95-year-old was gravely ill in hospital, Makaziwe and other family members took the oldest grandson to court when it emerged that he had secretly had three Mandela children exhumed from the family burial plot and moved to Mvezo.

In court papers, Makaziwe suggested he was seeking to have Mandela buried there alongside them, and to profit from the visitors that would flock to the gravesite. In response, Mandla called an extraordinary press conference in which he said Makaziwe should, as a woman, focus on her husband’s family, adding that she had done little more than “sow division and destruction”.

Hostilities were suspended following Mandela’s death, and Mandla was widely praised for maintaining a dignified presence by his grandfather’s coffin throughout the lying in state and his transfer from his home in Johannesburg to Qunu for burial. The latest salvos are widely seen as preparing the ground for disputes over Mandela’s will.

Makaziwe and other family members have taken legal action against one of Mandela’s lawyers for control of a family trust containing his money, and have indicated that they will challenge the will on the basis that it was last drafted when Mandela was losing his mental faculties.

The AbaThembu royal family said elders had already held one meeting with the family and would seek to mediate traditionally. “Immediate family members must mourn and their actions must resemble the dignity that Madiba deserves,” a spokesman said, referring to Mandela by his Xhosa clan name.

Bantu Holomisa, a close family friend, said there was no reason why one person should lead the family going forward. “The person who will be the head of the family is Graca Machel, Makaziwe and Chief Mandla Mandela,” he said.

“Mandla is the traditional head and one expects that there will be a time where he will have the final say but they have been taught by Madiba himself to work collectively in his name. He never instructed for one person to be in control.”

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  • Puggg

    We were worried that “night of the long knives” after his death would mean blacks killing whites.

    And it might still come to pass.

    But who could have guessed that it would have really meant the surviving Mandelas turning their knives on each other?

  • dd121

    Are they related to the MLK clan?

    • Jesse James

      Ha, that was the first thing I thought when reading this article. Can you imagine all the ridiculous court cases that will arise as the vultures pick at his corpse.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “The “Royal House of Mandela” reminds us of the King family.’

    It also reminds me of the family feud in the estate battles of other black royalty — James Brown and Michael Jacskon.

  • David Ashton

    Nelson Mandela, the very best man who ever lived in human history. Adolf Hitler, the most evil man who ever lived in human history. Watch this anti-“racist” space.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Compare Germany prior to World War 2 with South Africa after Mandela took over. Saint Mandela and his ANC drove South Africa into the ground. Evil Hitler brought Germany back from the brink of destruction and created the highest standard of living in Europe. How can this be? You would think, given the MSM lies and deceptions, that it would be impossible for an evil racist to do such incredible nation building. I mean if Hitler was so evil and racist, and Mandela was so saintly and amazing, why was Germany so successful and why is South Africa the rape, robbery, and murder capital of the world?

      • David Ashton

        History used to be (re)written by the victors. Now the facts are faked by the mythmakers. Just look at the drivel about Mandela in the latest BBC “History” Magazine.

      • benvad

        Now you’re talking about two incompatible races, with diverging intelligence. That’s like asking why a baseball and an orange aren’t more alike.

    • stewball

      Clearing my throat.

  • MekongDelta69


    • Dave4088

      Darn, I knew someone would beat me to the punch.

      • stewball

        What does that?

    • Max Krakah

      I think they have found a segment of black DNA that actually spells that out!

  • ncpride

    I’ve been hoping for an appropriate thread to share this…. My son’s Social Studies teacher did indeed call to talk about the little email I sent her about the assignment my son was given to do on Mandela. Needless to say, she got an earful (in a respectful tone) about exactly why I would not allow my son to write lies and praise about such a phony. She claims she actually loved it when students ‘take a stand’ on topics they cover, so I told her if she wanted an honest assessment of Mandela, that’s what he would do, and that’s what he did…….ok, so with a lot of help from me. It was so much fun writing an ‘obituary’ of the real Mandela. My sarcasm was brilliant, (even if I do say so myself) and my only regret is that other students will not be able to see it. He got an A by the way.

    • dd121

      Can you post it here? I’d love to hear what you had to say. We’ll all say “pretty please” to the mods so they don’t do anything precipitous.

      • ncpride

        Well, the entire thing would be a bit long winded, but to give you an idea, I went into great detail about his many crimes, terrorist activities trying to overthrow the SA government, the murders of his political rivals/dissenters explaining exactly why he was sent to prison despite the widespread misconception he was a ‘political prisoner’ then followed that up with how the Nobel Committee saw fit to award him with the Nobel PEACE prize for successfully ‘negotiating’ the end of apartheid.

        Also, how during his ‘distinguished’ presidency he expressed his admiration and formed close ties with such notable names as Muammar Gaddafi, and his closest ally, Fidel Castro.

        My favorite….While the world praised his success in ‘healing’ the racial tension in the country, ‘only’ several thousand White farmers lost their lives by brutal slaughter and torture at the hands of black South Africans.
        I also mentioned the economic collapse of the country under his ‘presidency’…….Just a sample of the things that were mentioned.

        • dd121

          Thanks for sharing. I wish I’d spent more time countering the marxist propaganda for my kids.

          • David Ashton

            A useful role for AmRen, or at least a place to refer to quality contra-mundum websites.

        • Bantu_Education

          You should also have mentioned that Mandela did not utter a peep of disapproval when Mugabe’s thugs invaded and stole all white farms in Zimbabwe, killing many white farmers and sadistically torturing their animals. At that time Mandela’s star was so high – and SA was financially subsidising and sending free electricity to Zim – that he could have just picked up the phone and read him the riot act and Mugabe would have had to stop. Mandela’s string-pullers justified his silence by claiming he does not comment on the affairs of other nations, which is a total lie as not long after he was furiously lambasting Bush (for Iraq) publicly saying “he has no brain” and other childish personal attacks.

        • stewball

          You forgot arafat!

    • Irishgirl

      Well done.

    • Spartacus

      You be careful they don’t start harrasing him. It’s hard having a functional brain and not lying through your teeth, and it’s especially hard when you’re a kid.

      • ncpride

        Not a chance I’ll allow them to harass him. I’m worse than a mama bear when it comes to my kids.

        • Spartacus

          This is probably a good time to teach him how to fight too . Buy him a punching bag, and send him to some decent fighting clubs, one for a striking sport(boxing, muay-thai, etc.) and one for a grappling sport (wrestling, brazilian jiu-jitsu, etc.) .

      • stewball

        Hiya sparky. How you doing!

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  • Spartacus

    I hope they eat each other .

  • Everyone wants the Amy Biehl voodoo doll.

  • bigone4u

    On their own these creatures are capable of nothing but mud huts and spear throwing. Why are we honoring them. Let the lions have at Mandela’s remains, so that there’s one less hungry lion.

  • r j p

    Title should be: Nelson Mandela Family Feud Resumes as They Await Reading of
    “The Theft of Funds”

  • ncpride

    True, but that he was even considered at all is just absurd.

  • ncpride

    I appreciate what you’re saying, but this is one issue (SA) I just won’t be silent about, and I can’t allow my son to write nonsense about it either. I look at it as a terrible injustice to all those poor Afrikaners who died, and are still dying horrific deaths by falsely praising that monster. He already has the entire world doing that, and someone needs to speak for them. When you think about it, all the groveling over Mandela’s death is down right scary considering his past, and the damage he and his ANC caused. When the media tells lies on such a huge scale and intentionally hides the truth, you know we’re in trouble.

    • David Ashton

      A method behind the madness?

  • Alexandra1973

    I can see it now…”Gibsmedat!” “You can’t have that, dat be mine!”

  • judenjager

    Funny how the bantus act the same wherever they are.

  • Gimmie Karter

    We all get to select our friends but we inherit out d*** relatives.

  • Max Krakah

    typical. Could just as easily be about any black family with money, the Jacksons, MLK, etc.

  • Max Krakah

    True, They will never manage an organized operation, it will be repeated soporific and isolated incidents.

  • Bill

    It’s because we send our kids away to college unprepared and uniformed about the world AS IT IS. They are then left with only the lies the public schools told them. So, when one brave kid like this man’s DOES stand up and tell it as it truly is, they are shouted down easily and persecuted by the thugs who control the “learning environment”. But consider. If thousands of kids were going off to college well informed, with the right information, and 10-20 kids in a professor’s class called him on his lies and stood their ground……and this happened in EVERY class on campus…..doubtful the professors would be able to shut things down and get enough support to ridicule and punish as they do. It’s OUR fault. WE allowed the public schools to really screw with our kid’s brains. They go to college as lambs among wolves. Either spend time with your kids each night debunking the information they get on a daily basis and show them FACTS, or send them to good private schools, or home school. This kid got lucky. Or maybe the teacher knew eyes were on him and the parent was watching if the teacher did indeed “welcome” the opposing view.

  • Brian

    They really are like MLK’s fambly after all.