Is Chief Mandla Mandela’s wife pregnant?

By Mathawe Matsapola
06 February 2017

If his Instagram post is anything to go by, Nelson Mandela’s eldest grandson, Mandla Mandela, and his wife, Rabia Clarke, are expecting their first child.

Mandela, who is a chief in Mveso in the Eastern Cape, married Rabia in a private Muslim ceremony last February in Cape Town. It’s his fourth marriage and Rabia’s first.

Mandela posted two positive home pregnancy tests on his account with the caption “ALHAMDULILLAH [meaning Thank God in Arabic]”. Some of his followers congratulated him, while others said it was not the way to break the news.

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His ability to have children made headlines in 2012 when his estranged wife Tando Mabunu-Mandela stated in her court papers filed at the Mthatha High Court that Mandla was infertile. “In this respect, I assert that the first respondent [Mandla] has in any event fertility issues which render him incapable of producing an heir through natural conception,” she said in the papers.

In 2012, Mandla also denied fathering the son of her second wife, Nkosikazi Nobubele, claiming she had an affair with one of his brothers.

The 43-year-old’s love life has been somewhat controversial: he’s been married to Tando, second wife Anais Grimaud (who changed her name to Nkosikazi Nobubele) and third wife Nodiyala Mandela.

Congratulations, Mandla and Rabia – if the news is indeed true.

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