Mandla keeps his distance

2013-04-13 00:00

MANDLA Mandela, Madiba’s grandson, yesterday distanced himself from the push by two of the Mandela daughters to remove advocates George Bizos SC and Bally Chuene, housing minister Tokyo Sexwale and Clement Sangoni, Judge President of the Eastern Cape High Court as directors of Harmonieux Investment Holdings and Magnifique Investment Holdings.

Mandla’s spokesperson, Freddy Pilusa, said that although Mandla’s name was added as one of the beneficiaries of the Mandela Trust in the case, he was not told of the motion.

Makaziwe Mandela and her half-sister, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, put forward the motion to have Bizos, Chuene, Sexwale and Sangoni removed as directors from the two companies in which the Mandela Trust is the sole shareholder.

Mandla said he was very unhappy about the the motion and did not want to be involved with it.

“Madiba is not healthy, he is busy recuperating. This is where the focus should be, not on the trust,” he said.

Makaziwe and Zenani allege the four were irregularly appointed as directors. They have appointed Ismail Ayob, Mandela’s former legal representative, as their legal representative to get rid of them.

Ayob said he received a letter from the former president in 2004 in which he expressed the wish that Bizos, Chuene, Wim Trengove SC and Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke should be appointed directors of two companies owned by the Mandela Trust.

Ayob said he disregarded this letter intentionally, as he did not agree with parts of it and rather did what he thought was right.

He said the 2004 letter did not make Bizos and the others directors, as the law demanded that other directors unanimously agree and pass a resolution before a director could be added to a business.

Ayob said such a resolution was never taken. He said Nelson Mandela was never a director nor a trustee of the trust or a shareholder of the companies.

He added that as advocates, they should know they could not appoint themselves as directors just because they had the blessing of Nelson Mandela.

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