Court declares another Mandla Mandela marriage null and void

2014-02-07 14:10

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The Mthatha High Court has annulled Mandla Mandela’s marriage to his third wife, Mbali Makhathini, whom he had married in 2011.

The court has ordered that “the customary marriage entered into between the first and second respondents [Mandla and Makhathini] be and is hereby declared void ab initio [null and void] and is set aside.”

The acting judge also ordered that the minister of home affairs, the third respondent, remove any entry from the marriage register, which may reflect that Mandla and Mbali are married.

Mandla, the grandson of the late former president Nelson Mandela, was also ordered to pay the costs, including that pertaining to all previous postponements in the case.

Mandla was not present in court. His lawyer, Arnie Immerman, said: “Look I don’t know if the guy [Mandla] is happy or not. This is not my case, I’m just a lawyer. I deal with his lawyers from Cape Town, not him directly.”

Today’s order against Mandla comes after his estranged first wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, had the Mvezo chief’s marriage to his second wife, Anais Grimaud, annulled in the same court last year.

He had married Grimaud in a traditional ceremony in Mvezo in 2010.

Mandla and Tando have been involved in a bitter divorce battle since 2009.

They were married in community of property in 2004 and have been in and out of court, fighting over assets, delaying the finalisation of their divorce.

But meanwhile Mandla has defied various court interdicts and got married twice.

Tando’s lawyer, Wesley Hayes, today said he was happy with the outcome and that his client had been vindicated.

“We are happy with today’s outcome. There was never a doubt in our minds that our case was solid in law. My client can now concentrate on her divorce, which we hope will be finalised this year,” Hayes said.

Mandla could not be reached for comment.

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