Police deny Mandela warrant

2012-02-18 09:16

Eastern Cape police have denied reports that a warrant of arrest was issued for former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, after he failed to appear in court on a charge of bigamy.

“We did not say that the warrant was issued. He was supposed to appear in court but he didn’t,” Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said.

“We are trying our very best to ensure that he appears in court on Monday. There might be a warrant, but we are still trying to confirm that.”

Mandela was scheduled to appear in the Bityi Periodical Court yesterday on a charge of bigamy.
Last night Mandela’s divorce lawyer, Bertus Preller, told The Witness that the warrant had been issued, but that it had not been executed.

National Prosecuting Authority Mthatha spokesperson Luxolo Tyali later confirmed that there had been discussions with Mandela’s attorney, and arrangements had been made for him to appear in court on Monday.

Mandela’s first wife, Thando Mabuna-Mandela, laid a charge of bigamy against Mandela in December last year, after he defied a court order not to marry a Pietermaritzburg woman, Mbali Makhathini.
The pair began divorce proceedings in 2008, after marrying in community of property in 2004.

It was his third attempt to tie the knot, after Mabuna-Mandela managed to annul another marriage, to Anais Grimaud, with whom he has a child.
Mabuna-Mandela’s lawyer Wesley Hayes told The Witness that she had also succeeded in getting a court order compelling Mandela to disclose his financial interests and how much his estate was worth.

She wanted to know among other things whether Mandela had sold the rights to his grandfather’s funeral, as she was entitled to a share of these and other interests.

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