Now Mandla Mandela’s lawyers are taking him to court

2013-11-06 18:22

Mandla Mandela’s lawyers have turned against him after he apparently failed to pay his legal fees of close to half a million rand, and have taken him to court in a bid to recover their money.

Randall Titus & Associates Attorneys have also since withdrawn as Mandla’s attorneys of record and want him to pay up.

Randall Ralph Titus, director of the Cape Town-based law firm confirmed to City Press today that they no longer represented Mandla, the eldest grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, in any of the matters against him in court.

“Yes, I can confirm that we have withdrawn as Mr Mandela’s lawyers.

“This is due to a lack of instructions and other things. We have issued summons to a sheriff to recover our money from him,” Titus said.

Titus refused to divulge how much money was owed to them by Mandla or to discuss the matter further.

But City Press is in possession of court papers before the Western Cape High Court in which they [Randall and Associates] demanded payment of R467 400.42.

Randall Ralph Titus and his law firm appear in the court papers, dated August 1 2013, as plaintiff while Mandla, the Mvezo chief who is also an ANC MP, is the defendant.

The law firm is also claiming interest of 15.5% to the date of payment and the costs of their lawsuit.

According to the court papers the firm is claiming for the period between May 2012 and May 2013, “as claimed by the plaintiff from the defendant by virtue of the taxed attorney/client bills of cost for professional legal services rendered by plaintiff to defendant, at the latter’s special insistence and request”.

Wesley Hayes, the lawyer of Mandla’s estranged wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, said today he was battling to serve the Mvezo chief since he no longer had attorneys of record.

“I don’t want to dwell on the matter, but since his lawyers withdrew, one has to serve him through the sheriff,” Hayes said.

Lawyer Gary Jansen said he was Mandla’s legal representative, but would have to take instructions from him first before he could comment on the matter.

The Mvezo chief could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mandla has to answer to a number of pending cases.

Read: Is NPA shielding Mandla Mandela?

Besides his yet-to-be-finalised divorce from Mabunu-Mandela, Madiba’s grandson also faces a bigamy charge dating back to 2011 and a case of tampering with graves, laid by his aunt, Makaziwe, and members of the family in June after he had dug up the remains of three of his grandfather’s children in Qunu and reburied them in Mvezo.

He also has another pending case of pointing a firearm and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm after he allegedly assaulted Mthatha resident Mlamli Ngudle early last month.

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