How Mandela helped defence minister's slain son see first light

2015-11-01 17:18
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Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela had come to the assistance of Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula when she went into labour with her son Chumani 23 years ago. On Saturday night Chumani was fatally stabbed in Bezuidenhout Valley while his mother was overseas for work.

Mapisa-Nqakula relayed the story of her son's birth following Mandela's passing in December 2013.

In 2013, Sapa reported that Mapisa-Nqakula said her water broke in Mandela's presence in August 1992.

She said Mandela had realised she hadn’t been in the ANC’s offices in Johannesburg for a while as she had been ill during her pregnancy.

Mandela had asked Baleka Mbete, then secretary general of the ANC Women’s League about her, and Mbete took him to her flat in Yeoville, Johannesburg.

She opened the door to find them there and Mandela said he had come to see her as he had heard she was ill. As she spoke to Mandela, her water broke.

Mandela helped her to his car and ensured that she was taken care of at the hospital.

Circumstances surrounding the incident were not immediately clear, but a 24-year-old man had been arrested. He was scheduled to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The ANC sent condolences to his parents, Charles, President Jacob Zuma's former political advisor and former Cabinet member, and his wife Nosiviwe.

"Chumani Nqakula, the second of Charles and Nosiviwe's four children, met his sudden and untimely death following an assault in Johannesburg, Gauteng last night [Saturday]," ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"Our prayers and thoughts are with Chumani's family and friends and as we send our deepest sympathies to them, we hope and believe that fond memories of their son and friend will bring comfort during this difficult time of loss."

Charles Nqakula was previously the minister of defence and later the minister of safety and security. He is currently high commissioner to Mozambique.

Read more on:    nosiviwe mapisa-nqakula  |  charles nqakula  |  crime

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