Wife aims next salvo at Mandla Mandela

2011-12-30 00:00

TANDO Mabunu-Mandela, the estranged wife of Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, will ask the high court in Mthatha early next year to annul his latest marriage, to Pietermaritzburg woman Mbali “Nodiyala” Makhathini, and charge him with contempt of court, her lawyer, Wesley Hayes, confirmed last night.

Mabunu-Mandela has also laid a criminal charge of bigamy against her estranged husband over his third marriage, he said.

Hayes told The Witness he was still drafting the court papers, which would only be lodged with the high court once the holiday recess ends around mid-January 2012.

Hayes said Mandla Mandela to date had not opposed any of the applications brought against him, including last week’s urgent application to stop the marriage to Makhathini, but simply ignored them.

He said that since taking the divorce case on behalf of Mabunu-Mandela he had received a number of threatening telephone calls from people speaking Xhosa, who appeared to be unhappy that he was “challenging” their chief.

Mandela’s second marriage to Anais Grimaud of France was annulled at the behest of Mabunu-Mandela, who is involved in bitter divorce proceedings against him.

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