Mandla Mandela reaches settlement on legal bills

2014-02-20 13:27

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Mandla Mandela’s former lawyers, Randall Titus and Associates, are relieved that the grandson of the late Nelson Mandela has finally paid his legal bills.

This comes after the Cape Town law firm took the Mvezo chief to court late last year to force him to pay R467 400.42 in legal fees and 15.5% in interest.

A few weeks after the struggle icon had bequeathed him R3 million from his R46 million estate, Mandla managed to settle his bills with the law firm.

Randall Titus, the firm’s director, said: “Yes, he has paid. We have reached a settlement. I cannot disclose what it is, but we reached the settlement about a week ago.”

He said he was “happy and relieved” the matter could finally be put to rest.

Contacted for comment, Mandla Mandela, who is still mourning the death of his grandfather, said: “Sorry, I am not prepared to discuss matters regarding lawyers.”

Last year, City Press reported how desperately the firm was seeking its money from Mandla by trying to have his cattle attached and selling them in an auction to settle the amount, but to no avail.

“We could not find the cattle to start with. So we had to try other avenues to settle the matter and now it has [been settled],” Titus said.

The law firm had withdrawn as Mandela’s attorneys of record, leaving one of their associates, Garry Jansen, as his only legal attorney.

Titus said they had since cut ties with Jansen after the Mandla debacle.

“We have parted ways with Garry after the matter, but I can’t get into the reasons why,” Titus said.

Jansen confirmed he was no longer with the legal firm but refused to be drawn on the matter.

“I am not in a position to comment on the matter. I am not handling Chief Mandela’s case regarding his legal bills,” he said.

Mandla Mandela’s lawyer and royal adviser, Matthew Mpahlwa, said he was not briefed to speak about the matter.

The Mvezo chief is no stranger to legal wrangles.

Besides his yet-to-be-finalised divorce from Tando Mabunu-Mandela, Mandla also faces a bigamy charge dating back to 2011 and a case of tampering with graves. This charge was laid by his aunt, Makaziwe, and members of the family in June after he had dug up the remains of three of his grandfather’s children in Qunu and reburied them at Mvezo.

Mandla is also due to appear at the Mthatha Regional Court on Monday for allegedly assaulting Mthatha resident Mlamli Ngudle last year.

Two weeks ago, the Mthatha High Court declared Mandla’s marriage to his third wife, Mbalentle Makathini, null and void after an application by his estranged first wife, Mabunu-Mandela.

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