Winnie Madikizela-Mandela keeps her tea set – for now

2013-05-21 16:31

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ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will still enjoy tea from her silver set on her round table after the sheriff of the court was locked out of her property today.

Madikizela-Mandela’s silver tea set, artwork and round table were among the valuable goods to be auctioned off at her Orlando West home in Soweto this morning after she failed to pay fees for her niece at Abbotts College in 2008.

But the sheriff of the court, Lawrence Hadebe, who was accompanied by his colleague, John Maluleke, left Madikizela-Mandela’s Orlando West house in a huff after she refused to open the gate for him.

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The auction may have been called off after Madikizela-Mandela and Abbotts College reached a settlement or because a settlement was on the cards.

There were no auctioneers or bidders present at the house.

Abbotts College attorney Stephen Karnavos told Sapa that, besides an amount of R20?000 received previously, a cheque for R16?000 had been received, which still had to be cleared.

The college was told another R4?000 had been paid to the sheriff of the court.

“Now there is still R27?000 outstanding in legal fees,” said Karnavos.

“We are awaiting instructions from the college.”

Earlier today, Hadebe knocked on Madikizela-Mandela’s locked gate for about 20 minutes, but she refused to open for him.

Taxed beyond endurance, Hadebe walked to his car, closed the windows and started chatting to his bosses on the phone.

A blue Audi A4, believed to be carrying Madikizela-Mandela, schumachered out of the house and journalists and photographers ran after it in a desperate bid to catch a glimpse of the passengers.

After the car disappeared, the newshounds, some from international media houses, returned to gather outside the gate and tried to interview Hadebe and his colleagues.

But Hadebe drove away after an hour without answering any of the journalists’ questions.

A few minutes after Hadebe’s departure, two police officers arrived in a silver Toyota sedan and stood outside the house.

But they left after journalists and photographers mobbed them. They too refused to answer any questions from the media.

Zenani Mandela, who arrived in a Merc after midday, also refused to talk.

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