Family spokesperson lashes out at Makaziwe Mandela

2014-01-20 10:03

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Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, is ignorant of her family’s history, says Chief Daludumo Mtirara, spokesperson for the AbaThembu Royal House.

“It will be inappropriate if the royal family does not tell her that she must ask herself who Mandela is,” he told The New Age newspaper.

“Having realised she is not up to date with her family, culture, customs and traditions because of historical reasons, some of which we can understand, she needs to know that Mandela is the younger brother of King Mtirara, Nkosi Mnqanqeni, Nkosi Joyi and Nkosi Shweni.”

Mtirara was reacting to comments by Makaziwe in an interview with SABC last week.

She reportedly said: “We are told there is a spokesperson called Daludumo Mtirara. Who appointed him? Who is Daludumo Mtirara in the Mandela family?“

Last month, Madiba’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, issued a statement saying Makaziwe and her sisters Zindiswa and Zenani should take over Madiba’s family affairs. It made little mention of Madiba’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, which angered the royal house.

Mtirara said the only person regarded as Mandela’s heir was Mandla.

Mandela died at the age of 95 last month.

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