Winnie Madikizela-Mandela loses Qunu battle

By Drum Digital
16 January 2015

Elders of the Madiba clan, including Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, say the former statesman 's spirit should be left to rest in peace and his wishes respected.

The meeting, held at former president Nelson Mandela's Qunu home, was set to discuss Madikizela-Mandela’s claim to the property and grandson Mandla’s role as the head of the family. The meeting's proceeding follows a failed court interdict by Madikizela-Mandela to stop it from taking place. Her application was struck off the court roll just days ago because she did not own the Qunu property.

Madikizela-Mandela reportedly wanted to stop the meeting from happening as she feared  that violence would erupt.

Today, high police visibility marked preparations for the day's discussions, as well as a van filled with food to be made for all members in attendance.

Elders of the Madiba clan, including Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, said the former statesman's spirit should be left to rest in peace and his wishes respected. 

They also called for an end to the in-fighting within the family.

In the end it was agreed that Chief Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela would continue as chief of Qunu, throwing Madikizela-Mandela's case out the window. 

When contacted for comment, Mandla told DRUM "I have no statement or comment to express. It was a family meeting, that's all."

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