Makaziwe now rules the Mandela roost

2013-12-19 11:01
Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter, Makaziwe, will now head the family, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has said in a statement.

This is in accordance with customary law and tradition.

Madikizela-Mandela said in the statement issued on Wednesday that reports of a feud in the family are untrue.

The Times reported on Tuesday that locks at the Mandela Qunu homestead were changed days after he died and that Mandla was locked out.

According to the report, Mandla's found his home on the Mandela estate without electricity and water on the day of his grandfather's burial.

Makaziwe Mandela ordered the locks to be changed after she arrived while Mandla was keeping vigil next to his grandfather's coffin while the anti-apartheid icon's body lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for three days, the newspaper said.

Makaziwe is said to have overseen her father’s funeral preparations while Mandla was the public face of the family, remaining with his grandfather’s coffin in a solemn vigil throughout three days of lying in state.

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