What Mandela left Graça

Former president Nelson Mandela has left his wife, Graça Machel, all their cars, the jewellery in her possession and the works of art she would like to take from the Houghton home she had shared with him.

He has also left a staggering R3 million to each of Graca’s children from her former marriage to the late Mozambican president Samora Machel – Josina and Malengane.

Not only has he provided for Graça’s own children, but he has also left R100 000 each to six of Samora Machel’s children from his previous marriage.

This is all revealed in select parts of the will, which were today made public by the executors of Mandela’s estate.

Mandela's second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is only mentioned in the parts of the will made public this morning in relation to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Click here to read more about the will.

The will reveals that Graça and Mandela were married in community of property. This means that, by law, she is entitled to fifty percent of Mandela’s estate.

But should she waive her right to fifty percent, she will inherit that which is specified in the will, including:

» Three houses and a property in Mozambique and all their contents;

» All the motor vehicles of the joint estate in Mozambique and normally used by her;

» All jewellery in her possession;

» All the money in bank accounts that are registered in her name; and

» From the Houghton property, any artefacts or works of art Graça may wish to take from it.

In terms of a 2008 amendment to his will, Mandela also made express provision for members of the Machel family to stay at his Houghton home.

Although the house itself has been left to the Nelson Mandela Trust, Mandela stated that it was his wish that grandchildren Ndaba, Mbuso and Andile Mandela should live on the Houghton property “free of any consideration for their lifetime”.

Included in the amendment, or codicil, is a statement that says the trustees of the Nelson Mandela Trust “shall from time to time allow other Mandela and Machel family members to visit the Houghton property and to stay for such period of time as shall be cordially agreed” between the trustees and the families.

His Cape Town property and Qunu property have both been left to the NRM Family Trust.

In the will, Mandela reveals that he had already given his children with first wife Evelyn – Makgatho and Makaziwe – and his children with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela – Zenani and Zindzi – about US$300 000 before he had died and he does not leave them anything further.

Ndileka and Nandi Mandela, the children of Madiba Thembekile Mandela, Mandela eldest child who died in a car accident in 1969, were also left about US$300 000 each.

The former president left grandchildren Mandla and Ndaba Mandela US$300 000 (R3.3 million at today’s exchange rate), but this money has been placed in trust with the NRM Family Trust.

Mandla and Ndaba will thus have to consult with the trustees for the release of the capital and its interest.

Mbuso and Andile Mandela have been left R3.3 million, which is not held in trust.

The children of Makaziwe – Dumani, Tukwini, Adjoa Amuah and Kweku Amuah – have all been left R100 000 each.

Winnie’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren with Mandela have all been left R100 000 each, although the money for Bambatha, Zondwa, Zwelabo and Zoleka Mandela has to be paid to Graça to be paid out at her discretion.

Mandela left amounts of R50 000 to nine people “in consideration for the personal services I have received from them”.

Included in the list are secretary Thoka Mavuso, chauffeur Michael Maponya, personal assistant Zelda la Grange and cooks Gloria Nocanda and Xoliswa Ndoyiya.

He has left R1.5 million and all royalties to the NRM Family Trust. The trustees have the discretion to consider paying between 10 and 30% of royalties to the ANC.

The ANC’s NEC would use this at their discretion, to “disseminate information on African National Congress principles and policies since 1912, particularly on the policies and principle of reconciliation amongst the people of South Africa”.

Executive summary: Mandela will

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