Dead MEC's marriage annulled

2013-05-23 09:10

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East London - Deceased former Eastern Cape human settlements MEC Nombulelo Mabandla's marriage to her second husband Phumzile Mabandla was annulled this week, the Daily Dispatch reported on Thursday.

According to the website, the marriage was nullified 15 months after her family filed the application in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha.

Handing down judgment Judge Buyiswa Majiki reportedly said: "The purported marriage... is hereby declared null and void and is set aside as a nullity."

She ordered Mabandla to pay the costs of the application.


The Dispatch reported that the politician died under mysterious circumstances in September 2011. She reportedly died after taking water purification tablets, but an autopsy found that injuries to her body were consistent with having been strangled.

Her family took Mabandla to court to try and stop him claiming her body from the Usher Memorial Hospital, after he reportedly failed to produce a marriage certificate. He allegedly wanted to bury her in his hometown of Tsolo, but she was buried at her home in Qumbu.

Her children Luyolo, 20, and Lumanyano, 19, and their grandmother, Raneolo Makwabasa reportedly said in an affidavit that she was still legally married to Luxolo Manentsa.

They entered into a customary marriage 22 years ago, but she left after a quarrel and they were never divorced.

She and Mabandla were allegedly married in 2000 and were involved in several business ventures.

The judgment means the family can continue with "the consolidation of her estate" which will mean her children will inherit it, according to the Dispatch.

The family also expressed their dissatisfaction with the slow pace of the police investigation into her death.

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