Mandla Mandela wedding to go ahead
Johannesburg - Mandla Mandela is set to wed
on Saturday morning despite being interdicted by his estranged first wife Tando
Mabunu in the Mthatha High Court.
The Mandela family spokesperson for the event
Sidima Mnqanqeni confirmed to Sapa that former President Nelson Mandela's son,
Mandla, would, as planned, marry Mbali Makhathini at the Mvezo Great Place.
"We are confident that there will be no
disturbance and the marriage is on," said Mnqanqeni. Earlier this week,
Mabunu was granted a prohibitory court order against Mandela, which prohibits
him from marrying anyone while still validly married to her.
Now it seems the Mandela family will ignore
such an court order.
Mandela was also ordered to pay the costs of
the application by Mabunu.
The court order against him comes just two
days after Mandela's assets were attached by a Port Elizabeth sheriff for
apparently defaulting on paying a living maintenance fee to his former wife
The assets seized reportedly included a
minibus and several heads of cattle.
Allegedly, Mandela has on numerous occasions
failed to pay R20 000 towards Mabunu's legal fees and also R12 500 as living
A white marquee was set outside the Mvezo
Royal Palace where the main marital celebration is expected to take place.
Mnqanqeni said they would use the royal
palace for the event.
"Because this is a traditional wedding
it is necessary that the royal palace residence be used for some rituals which
need to be performed," he said.
The wedding is due to commerce with bride eating
"Utsiki" (a piece of meat from goat).
Mnqandeni explained that this piece of meat
indicates that the bride was now embedded (ukwenda) into the Mandela family.
This will be followed by a ritual called
"ukutyisa amasi" where the wife will drink source milk from the
homestead, before being led to the royal court where she will be introduced
through a ritual practice to the ancestors.
Some well-wishers from Swaziland and around
the world have already arrived in the area. Among the guests invited are royal kings
including AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Sigcau and AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya
Congress of Traditional Leaders of South
Africa (Contralesa) president Chief Patekile Holomisa and the Eastern Cape
chairman for traditional leaders Chief Ngangomhla Matanzima of Western
Tembuland are also expected to attend.
Local traditional chiefs are expected to lead
the traditional wedding celebration.
It is believed that Dalindyebo - who is
currently appealing a sentence of 15 years in jail he was given two years ago
on charges of arson, culpable homicide and assault - will also play a major
role in the marriage.
Dalindyebo belongs to the same clan as Mandla
and is also the former President's nephew.