Madiba's 'love child' is rejected

By Drum Digital
05 July 2013

Onica Mothoa has spent a decade trying to get the Mandela family to acknowledge her

Her striking resemblance to South African struggle icon Nelson Mandela is hard to ignore. In fact, Onica Nyembezi Mothoa (66), claims to be the former statesman’s daughter, born in 1947 in Atteridgeville.

Onica claims her mother, Sophie Majeni, had an affair with Madiba in the 1940s while she worked as a domestic worker in Pretoria, an event she says is surprisingly missing from the former president’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. At the time, Madiba was married to his first wife, Evelyn Mase, whom he married in 1944 .

Onica’s story came to light in 2010 when she told a daily newspaper that her family had kept her real father’s identity secret for about 21 years. This, she tells DRUM, was meant to protect her and her mother’s lives in fear of the apartheid regime’s persecution of anyone associated with Mandela.

“I couldn’t understand why people hated me so much, blacks and boers alike.

Read more in DRUM - 11 July 2013

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