Mandla Mandela's wedding on hold
Johannesburg - The Mthatha High Court has granted an interdict barrring Chief Mandla Mandela’s impending wedding to Mbali Makhathini.
Mandela, former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, could find himself in contempt of court if he goes through with his plans to marry Makhathini - reportedly a university student in KwaZulu-Natal - in a traditional wedding at his Mvezo homestead on Christmas Eve.
The interdict was sought by the chief’s estranged wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, and granted by Judge Gloria Mjali just before lunch on Thursday.
Mabunu-Mandela’s attorney, Wesley Hayes, confirmed an order was made against Mandela, with costs.
Mandela and his legal representatives were not present at Thursday's court proceedings, nor did he file opposing papers, said Hayes, who added that his client was overjoyed.
“I just spoke with her now and she’s very happy with the order. If the marriage or any celebrations takes place this weekend we will look to bring contempt of court proceedings against them.”
When contacted on Thursday, Mandela said he did not know of the order: "I don't even want to know what the outcome of the application is. I don't want to comment on this."
Mandela would not say whether the wedding would take place.
Mabunu-Mandela earlier this year had Mandela’s other marriage to French woman Anais Grimaud declared null and void after a similar interdict was unsuccessful.
In courts papers, she reportedly said she does not want her husband, who also recently completed lobola negotiations for Swazi princess Siphiwayena Dlamini, to take another wife until their divorce is completed and assets split.
She argued that though her husband is a chief and is traditionally allowed to take more than one wife, their marriage had been civil and the two could not go together.