Wife to take MP to court

2012-05-01 00:00

AFRICAN National Congress MP Mandla Mandela is expected back in the Mthatha high court on Thursday, as his first wife seeks to annul his most recent marriage to Pietermaritzburg woman, Mbali Makhathini.

Tando Mabuna-Mandela’s application for annulment has been set down for hearing on that day, her attorney Wesley Hayes said yesterday.

However, Hayes said he had not receive any reply to the application from Mandela’s attorney.

Another complication is that Mandela appears to be without a legal representative at present, as his former laywer, Bertus Preller, has officiallly withdrawn as the attorney of record in the matter.

Gary Jansen, who worked for the same firm of attorneys and also represented Mandela, had also left and had not joined any other firm at this time, said Hayes.

Hayes confirmed that he was currently also investigating whether or not Mandela had cleaned out his bank accounts of about R6 million and concealed his money to avoid it being attached to meet his maintenance obligations to Mabunu-Mandela.

If this proved correct, it would result in an application for contempt of court — both against Mandla Mandela himself and First National Bank — as a court previously ordered that half the money in his accounts was to be frozen pending the outcome of the couple’s protracted divorce proceedings.

This order is also binding on the bank.

“I have been informed by the sheriff who went to attach the funds that the bank accounts were emptied …

“I have written letters to the bank, but I must satisfy myself of the actual position before taking further steps,” Hayes said yesterday.

He could could not confirm as a fact an allegation reported by the Daily Dispatch newspaper that Mandela had allegedly transferred the money into the savings account of his four-month-old son by the second woman he married, Anais Grimaud.

“This will also be fully investigated,” he said.

A man who answered Mandela’s cellphone yesterday and who claimed to be his “brother”, but refused to give his name, said Mandela was in a meeting and could not be disturbed.

“The Chief [Mandla Mandela] is not prepared to make any comment on media speculation,” he added.

“He is in a meeting and that is all that I can say.”

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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