Ma Mbeki turns away ‘grandson’number 5

2012-11-14 00:00

EPAINETTE Mbeki yesterday said she no longer bothered herself with men coming to her house claiming to be her long lost grandson Kwanda, the son of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Mbeki, popularly known as Ma Mbeki, made the statements after a man turned up at her Ngcingwane home in Dutywa on Sunday afternoon.

It was the fifth time she was visited by a man claiming to be the grandson who disappeared years ago.

In the latest visit, a Zulu-speaking man turned up with a woman whom he said was his wife.

But he was sent packing just like others before him after some interrogation.

“I don’t worry myself about it because I don’t know what their intention is. So I just tell them you were born when Thabo was in exile and then turn them away,” Ma Mbeki said.

Recalling the Sunday visit, Ma Mbeki said she was notified by one of the policemen providing 24-hour security at her house that a man and a woman wanted to meet her.

When asked about his first names, the man gave only one, Ma Mbeki said.

“He gave only the name Kwanda. He left out the other name so I did not ask him further questions because I had lost interest in what he said. I was not interested at all.”

Kwanda was born when Thabo was still a teenager. He went missing in 1981 when he tried to follow his father into exile.

Ma Mbeki said in the latest claim, she asked the police to take the man and his wife to the police station because it was already late.

“The policeman understood when I called him aside and told him that the man is not my grandchild. I said they should not be allowed to sleep over, but be taken to the police station,” she said.

Ma Mbeki also said she had since asked Fezeka, one of her grandchildren, to inform Mbeki about the latest visit, though she does not normally inform him.

“I don’t usually tell him. I don’t want to worry him about them,” she added.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said the man was speaking isiZulu and claimed to be from Limpopo and also mentioned Mthatha.

He said the man spent the night at the police station with his wife and was ordered to go home on Monday.

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