Unselfish' Mandela leaves R46m estate

By Drum Digital
03 February 2014

Unselfish' Mandela leaves R46m estate

The bulk of Nelson Mandela's R46 million estate went to his widow Graca Machel and their offspring -- with not a single cent to his second (ex-) wife, Winnie.

The African National Congress walked away with a slice of royalties from the NRM Family Trust, while several of Mandela's trusted aides, such as his personal assistant Zelda la Grange and his chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya, each got R50,000.

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday that the provisional assessment of Mandela's estate was about R46 million.

"The amount, which excludes royalties accrued overtime, is still to be verified," Moseneke said.

The will was first written in 2004 and last amended in 2008.

Machel took ownership of four properties the couple jointly owned in Mozambique. She will also keep their vehicles, jewellery she received during the marriage and all money in their bank accounts or invested with other financial institutions.

Machel and Mandela were married in community of property. She was his third wife. Machel's children with former Mozambique president Samora Machel, Josina and Malengane Machel, received R3 million each.

He left R100,000 each to Samora Machel's six children born from a previous marriage. Machel had 90 days to decide whether she would waive her right to half of Mandela's estate, Moseneke said.

Mandela's second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was left out of the will. She and Mandela divorced in 1996.

Mandela's children with his first wife Evelyn, Makgatho Mandela and Makaziwe Mandela, would get R3.5m and R3.3m respectively.

Makgatho's children, Mandla, Ndaba, Mbuso and Andile Mandela, would receive R1.1m each.

Makaziwe's children -- Dumani and Tukwini Mandela, Adjao Amuah and Kweku Amuah -- would receive R1.1 million each.

Thembekile Mandela's children, Ndileka and Nandi Mandela, would get R3.3m each from the estate. Thembekile is Mandela's eldest son with Evelyn.

Madikizela-Mandela's children, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini and Zindzi Mandela, are set to receive R3m each.

Zenani's children -- Zinhle, Zaziwe and Zamaswazi -- would receive R100,000 each.

Bambatha, Zondwa, Zwelabo and Zoleka, who are Zindzi's children, would also receive R100,000 each.

Mandela's great grandchild, Zozuko Mandela, who is Zamaswazi's child, will get R100,000 from the estate.

Nine staff members, who worked closely with Mandela, including his former personal assistant La Grange, received R50,000 each from the estate.

Education institutions - the University of Witwatersrand and Fort Hare University -- received R100,000 each.

Qunu Secondary School in the Eastern Cape and Orlando West High School in Soweto, Gauteng, received R100,000 each. The institutions would use the money for bursaries and scholarships.

The ANC would receive a minimum of 10 percent and a maximum of 30 percent of royalties from the NRM Family Trust.

Mandela's homes in Houghton, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Qunu and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape were left to a family trust.

The family members would be able to use the five properties for their own accommodation as they saw fit.

Mandela's lawyer and friend George Bizos said the will showed how unselfish Mandela was.

"His wishes in his will are a summary of his wishes in life. He has also provided for education institutions. He was not selfish," said an emotional Bizos after the reading of the will.


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