Winnie challenges Madiba estate, claims ownership of Qunu house

2014-10-14 15:52

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Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has challenged the late icon’s estate and has claimed ownership of the Mandela family home in Qunu, Eastern Cape.

In court papers seen by City Press and filed this afternoon at the Mthatha High Court, Madikizela-Mandela said she wants the Qunu property handed to her.

The veteran struggle hero, who is said to be undergoing surgery, said the registration of the house under Madiba’s name was unlawful and should be set aside.

“I submit that in terms of customary law that husbands who are married or have been married in their lifetime to more than one wife have a legal duty to establish houses for each wife that they marry and each house must also be allotted property by the family head, and property which has not been allotted to a specific house is available for use and enjoyment by all members of the family,” read court papers.

Madikizela-Mandela cited the executors of Nelson Mandela’s estate as first respondents. Madiba’s widow Graça Machel is the seventh respondent.

The court papers were initialled MD and bear Madikizela-Mandela’s signature on each page.

In his last will and testament, Madiba left the Qunu property to all members of the Mandela family as a place which should unify them.

But Madikizela-Mandela was having none of it.

“The property described as Qunu property in clause 4.5.3 in the will and testament of the late Mr Nelson Mandela presently held under the deed of grant No G 7307/1999 [should] be handed over [to] the applicant [Madikizela-Mandela] as the person entitled to possession and enjoyment thereof, including immovable property therein,” Madikizela-Mandela said in court papers.

“The Qunu property remains my house and therefore the testament in so far as it seeks to dispose of that property is invalid and liable to be set aside from the will.”

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