Mandla accused of using trust as his own

2013-07-07 08:34
Mandla Mandela (AP)

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Mandla Mandela's full address

2013-07-04 12:29

Former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Chief Mandla Mandela briefed the media in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape. Watch his full address here.WATCH

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, faces another tough battle against his family, who have called for an audit into the Mvezo Development Trust which he chairs.

The multimillion-rand trust, which is meant to benefit the Mandela family and rural people, generates money from international donors and is a shareholder in a R2bn media empowerment deal.

However the trust’s beneficiaries have accused Mandla of using it as his own personal bank account, reported the Sunday Times.

Details of the trust are so closely guarded that none of the trustees, apart from Mandla, know about its finances. Even documents lodged at the Competition Commission by the consortium Sekunjalo Independent Media, which is poised to buy out Independent News and Media, do not disclose the trust’s interests or its members.

Instead the documents describe Mandla as the “main trustee”.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a former trustee said: “He (Mandla) is an intimidating man... and no one in this community – apart from him – knows how much is in the trust’s account, where the money comes from and how it is being spent. No one has the courage to oppose or question his decisions.”

 The Mvezo Development Trust

According to a statement published on Politicsweb in 2011, the Mvezo Development Trust is tasked with development of the area, reporting to the Mvezo Traditional Council. Mandla Mandela became the leader of the Council in 2007, and since then has been active in fund-raising for development in the area, the statement says.

At the time of the statement Mandla was accused in the Sunday Times of being dictatorial and forcing villagers to make way for large development projects. This was denied by the trust.

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