Doubts over Mandla Mandela's status

2013-07-07 11:27
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Johannesburg - A row over the legitimacy of Mandla Mandela's official status has deepened as questions were raised as to whether government followed the correct procedure when it restored the Mvezo chieftaincy.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo said he had not signed a certificate of recognition, which is necessary to cement the young Mandela's status by government, reported the Sunday Times.

"He has angered his own family"

On Saturday night, reports surfaced that the king was in the process of expelling Mandla from "all ranks of duty" because he "has not only angered us, he has also angered his own family".

This comes after the king accused Mandla of being part of a plot to unseat him.

Dalindyebo said the Eastern Cape government had forced through a rushed recognition and inauguration of Mandla's chieftaincy as a birthday gift to former president Nelson Mandela six years ago.

Dalindyebo said he had not signed the certificate because of irregularities. These included that it was not the Tembu royal house that had initiated recognition and that he had not been consulted over the move.

The former president has 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, according to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, a foundation based in Johannesburg. This is not the first time Mandla has reportedly found himself at odds with his family, following his refusal earlier this year to join in on a joint statement made by the other grandchildren, objecting to being depicted as "money-grabbers".

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