‘We will oppose Winnie’

2014-10-16 00:00

THE executors of the late former president Nelson Mandela’s estate will oppose a suit in which Winnie Madikizela-Mandela alleges that her divorce was fraudulently obtained.

Executor George Bizos SC spoke to sister paper Beeld yesterday after Madikizela-Mandela’s papers were handed to the high court in Mthatha. In them, she demands to inherit Mandela’s house at Qunu.

Bizos is a co-executor with Deputy Judge President Dikgang Moseneke and Eastern Cape Judge President Themba Sangoni of the will, in which Mandela left the house at Qunu to a family trust.

“We have’nt yet seen the court papers. We have, however, put in on record in a letter that we will oppose Mrs Mandela’s application,” Bizos said.

He said the executors will only respond to her allegations in their own court papers.

Mvuzo Notyesi, Madikizela-Mandela’s lawyer, declined to confirm that he lodged the papers on Tuesday.

Madikizela-Mandela seeks to have the house’s title deeds, which are in Mandela’s name, as well as the bequest of the house to the family trust, reviewed and set aside.

The Daily Dispatch reported yesterday that Madikizela-Mandela describes the house as her property because she acquired it in 1989, when she was still married to Mandela and he was in prison.

He allegedly re-registered it in his name in 1998, two years after the divorce.

Madikizela-Mandela claims their marriage certificate was a false document, with false signatures, that the divorce court was misled and that the divorce decree was therefore fraudulently obtained while she was abroad.

She wants the divorce declared null.

The Daily Dispatch said Madikizela-Mandela described her marriage as the most painful period of her life, as she only had five years with Mandela before he was jailed and then busy with political work. Nevertheless, she remained married because she loved him, she said.

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