There might be another Mandela will - report

2014-02-09 17:02


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Cape Town - City Press has learnt that questions have been raised about the validity of former president Nelson Mandela’s will, which could set the scene for a possible challenge in court.

Mandela's will was read last week, with his wife Graça Machel being the main beneficiary of his estate.

His daughters, Makaziwe Mandela, Zindzi Mandela and Zenani Mandela, and ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, got nothing.

Zindzi was reportedly in tears after the reading of the will, and Makaziwe was stony-faced.

The problem with the will is that the two amendments refer to another will that was executed by Mandela on 12 October 2004.

But the copy of the will City Press obtained from the Master of the High Court’s office in Johannesburg bears a different date.

The final typed paragraph refers instead to a date in August 2004, the day of which has not been filled in.

Arnold Shapiro, an attorney specialising in wills and estates, said it was unlikely that a legal professional drafting the codicils would refer to an incorrectly dated will.

He said that in light of this, one can assume that there is a missing will dated 12 October 2004.

Johann Jacobs, national practice head of trusts and estates at law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, said the codicils raised the question of whether there was another will post dating the August date.

He said that if there was a document after the August will, then that would be the base document.

He also mentioned that if the original can't be produced, but someone had a copy of it, that it would have the effect of revoking the August 2004 will.

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