Mandla Mandela in for a rocky festive season

2013-12-01 14:00

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The festive season has got off to a bad start for Mandla Mandela.

This week, his estranged first wife hauled him to court and nobody wanted to buy his cows on auction.

Next week is set to get even worse because the state has decided to prosecute him for allegedly beating up a man and pointing a gun at him.

This Friday, Mandela will be in the dock at the Mthatha Regional Court for his alleged assault of Mlamli Ngudle, whom he also allegedly pointed a gun at during an apparent road rage incident in Mthatha two months ago.

Mthatha National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said: “Yes, I can confirm that a decision to charge him has been made by the NPA. We have issued a summons. He is expected to appear in the Mthatha Regional Court on December 6.”

His latest round of legal woes began on Tuesday this week, when he battled with his estranged first wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha. She wants his marriage to third wife Mbalenhle Makhathini annulled.

He made a rare appearance in court, accompanied by his mother, Nolusapho, his wife, Makhathini, and family elder Napilisi Mandela.

He put on a brave face as his wife’s lawyer, Wesley Hayes, pulled no punches, accusing him of stalling as his lawyers asked for their fifth postponement.

Judge Fatima Dawood granted what she said was her “final” postponement and ordered Mandela to pay his estranged wife’s costs.

To top it off, on Friday, Mandela’s lawyers were back in the same court applying for an urgent interdict to stop the sale of 50 of his cattle at an auction set to take place in Mvezo.

This was after he failed to pay Cape Town law firm Randall Titus & Associates close to R500 000 in legal fees.

The law firm wants Mandela to pay them R467 400 plus 15% interest, according to an order it obtained against him at the Western Cape High Court.

Judge Dawood on Friday dismissed Mandela’s application as not urgent, giving the sale the go-ahead.

But later that day, nobody pitched up to buy and the sheriff, Ntsikeni Mgulo, was forced to abandon the auction.

Mandela’s new lawyer, Arnold Immerman, said that they were pleased the cattle were not sold and that this would buy them more time.

Contacted for comment, Mandela said he knew nothing of the summons or the auction of his cattle.

“I have not received any summons calling me to go to court. As for the auctions, I have no idea. I don’t even attend auctions.”

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