No one wants to bid on Mandla Mandela’s cattle

2013-11-29 14:36

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No one wanted to buy Mandla Mandela’s cattle, which were supposed to go under the hummer today.

Mthatha sheriff Ntsikeni Mgubo told City Press that when he went to Mvezo to sell 50 of Mandla’s cattle, no own turned up, forcing him to abandon the process.

The auction would have taken place at 10am today and is part of a bid by Cape Town law firm Randall Titus and Associates to recover the close to R500 000 the Mvezo chief owes it.

While Mgubo was in Mvezo to sell the cattle, Mandla’s lawyers were at the Mthatha High Court in a desperate last-minute attempt to prevent the auction from going ahead.

Mandla’s legal team, Advocate Matthew Mpahlwa and attorney Arnold Immerman, made an urgent application before Judge Fatima Dawood, which she turned down.

Immerman told City Press: “The judge refused to grant us the interdict. She said the matter was not urgent so it means we are unable to stop the process of the cattle being sold. We did what we could do,” he said.

Mandla was not present in court and was said to be in Mvezo.

City Press understands that his lawyers argued, in chambers, that the cattle could not be sold because they did not belong to Mandla but his family.

Mgubo could not say when or if the auction would take place again.

In Mvezo there was no sign of Mandla’s cows and villagers knew nothing about an auction.

Contacted for comment, Mandla said he knew nothing about any auction at his Mvezo Great Place.

“I have no idea about any auction. I don’t even go to auctions,” Mandla said.

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