Half-brother: Mandla is power-hungry

2013-07-02 08:56
Mandla Mandela (Picture: AFP)

Mandla Mandela (Picture: AFP)

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East London - Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba, says his half-brother, Mandla, is a “power-hungry, self-obsessed man” who should not be chief of Mvezo.

Mandla is involved in a court battle with other members of Madiba’s family over where to bury the remains of three of the former president’s children.

Mandla had the remains moved to Mvezo in 2011 and did not consult the family. Makaziwe and others now want the remains taken back to Qunu, where Nelson Mandela grew up.

Ndaba, the eldest of three sons born to Makgatho and Zondi Mandela, told the Daily Dispatch on Monday that the Mandelas now realise it was a mistake to make Mandla chief of Mvezo.

‘Concerned only with himself’

Ndaba, born in 1983, is the eldest of three sons born to Makgatho and his wife Zondi.

“They tried to get my grandfather to be the chief but he did not want to,” said Ndaba. “Then they asked my father and he also declined.

“Mandla then expressed interest and as the family we supported him. But unfortunately we realised that he wanted it for all the wrong reasons.

 “He has done a good job with developments but he has ulterior motives. It is unfortunate. Mandla is a power-hungry, self-obsessed man who is only concerned about himself.”

Meanwhile, the Times Live reported that Mandla hijacked and restricted public access to a state-funded resort-style development in Mvezo.

The R43.2m development which features a cultural centre, backpackers' lodge, entertainment facilities and a community hall - was set to be handed over to the Mvezo Development Trust, chaired by Mandla, in October.

But Mandla has already begun restricting access to the facility by putting up gates at the entrance and posting a guard to prevent people entering the property without his permission.

Development to boost tourism

Traditional leaders in the region say that Mandla plans to build a private cemetery on the property in which he wants Mandela to be buried.

The development is expected to boost tourism and generate millions of rands for Mandla's Mvezo Development Trust.

But the tourism department denied that the development would be controlled by Mandla Mandela.

Department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said: "The project will eventually be owned by the Mvezo Development Trust."

Nxumalo said the objective of the project was to "create jobs and skills development opportunities for local beneficiaries".
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