Guests arrive for Mandela wedding

2011-12-24 16:21

East London - Guests began arriving on Saturday afternoon to the Eastern Cape venue where former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla - despite a court interdict - is set to wed for the third time.

Curious onlookers from the village also made their way to the Mveso Great Palace in the hope of catching a glimpse of the celebrations.

The media was refused access to the proceedings by certain family members of the groom.

However, there did not seem to be consensus within the family on whether the media could attend, as family spokesperson, Sidima Mnqanqeni, said the media was welcome.

"You know everyone was invited , I mean it's just a wedding and the media is part of our community."

Court order

Mandela is expected to wed his Swazi princess bride Mbalenhle Makhathini at the Mvezo palace on Saturday, despite being interdicted against doing so by his estranged first wife Tando Mabunu.

Earlier this week, Mabunu was granted a prohibitory order by the Mthatha High Court against Mandela, which prohibits him from marrying anyone while still validly married to her.

However, on Saturday morning - as a white marquee was set up outside the palace - Mnqanqeni said the wedding was going ahead.

"We are confident that there will be no disturbance and the marriage is on," he said.

The court order against Mandela comes just two days after his assets were attached by a Port Elizabeth sheriff for apparently defaulting on paying a living maintenance fee to his former wife Mabunu.

The assets seized reportedly included a minibus and several heads of cattle.

Mandela has allegedly on numerous occasions failed to pay R20 000 toward Mabunu's legal fees and also R12 500 as living maintenance payments.

Among the guests invited are royal kings including AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Sigcau and AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) president Chief Patekile Holomisa and the Eastern Cape chair for traditional leaders Chief Ngangomhla Matanzima of Western Tembuland are also expected to attend.

Local traditional chiefs are expected to lead the traditional wedding celebration.

  • - 2011-12-24 16:37

    What kind of democracy and judiscary system are we living in if a high court ruling gets just simply ignored????? Is that the same way the politicians think they are above teh law?

      placebo.effect - 2011-12-24 19:08

      They can probably do a wedding ceremony but legally it would't be valid as the marriage license probably wouldn't be completed. However they can just do that at home affairs at a later stage. They're not violating the court order as of yet.

  • Anno - 2011-12-24 16:38

    Wait until the ceremony is complete, and then ask thye magistrate for an arrest warrant for contempt of court

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2011-12-24 16:47

    And there we have it, it's simply a case of "My name is Mandela, so I can do whatever I want and 'Eff You' to your courts and your judgements!" This is not what his grandfather fought for. Arrest him the minute he says "I do" for contempt of court.

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-24 16:49

    Is this the same piece of work that is involved in the gold mine that hasn't paid it's workers? The law just doesn't apply to these untouchables but Karma's a bitch.

      Kevin - 2011-12-24 17:29

      No but he has the same bloodline. Clearly Nelson was the exception that proves the rule.

  • Denise - 2011-12-24 16:50

    Everyone seems to be above the law in this country. BTW, on a different, and a LOT more festive note, google 'NORAD SANTA'. The little ones will love tracking Santa delivering his presents. (you will too).

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2011-12-24 16:55

      No Denise, only certain people with certain affiliations are above the law, If you or I did this, our lilly white arses would be in jail before we could say "I do"!!

  • mputumis - 2011-12-24 16:57

    There was Julius. . . . Then there is Mandla Mandela, drama queens wearing trousers

  • buzzardfrey - 2011-12-24 17:12

    Will the Madiba legacy be rediculed by his off-springs?

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2011-12-24 17:26

      It already has been Buzzard...

  • Kevin - 2011-12-24 17:28

    Arrest him for contempt of court and bigamy.

  • Serame - 2011-12-24 17:35

    Im sure there must be a legal/customary clause that covers what he's doing..These guys know their way around the system..Besides in african tradition,particularly where one is married to sum1 within the royal bound to cum accross a situations like this..

  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-12-24 17:50

    Who the hell cares. Just another polygamist merryground of kids every year until the fourth marriage, and all looked after by the state and our taxes because they bear the right name.

  • Burtfred - 2011-12-24 17:51

    The judge who granted the interdict against the marriage is now legally obliged to issue an arrest warrant for contempt of court. Let's see if this is going to happen. Let's not hold our breath waiting.

  • Shoe - 2011-12-24 17:57

    If Mandela's grandson, with his full knowledge of events, goes and blatantly disregards the law of the land, the family sooooo epitomizes, who then should respect the law, and least of all the Mandelas. Should'nt someone have long had a 'talk' with this hooligan grandson and and advised him to 'respect' the family name. Much as I want to keep my levels of respect for Mandela constant, its very hard. Especially after his endorsement of Zuma as an ANC leader, and now this. Oh well, the Dude is really aged. Perhaps he should be left out of this as no one really listens to him. Least of all this womanizing hooligan.

      Henk - 2011-12-25 12:49

      Everybody makes as if Mandela is a saint. I think a bit of reading will show that the great Nelson Mandela was also a terrorist and a bomb planting killer. I'm no boffin on history but he was also an architect of the ANC who steered the country into the quagmire it is in. I would be a bit more discerning about whom I respect.

      Gail - 2011-12-25 12:54

      You know Shoe, Rolihlahla himself has been married three times I think and this Mandla is a son from the first wife. Zindzi who is being sued for R62mil by the US who are bankcrupt is Winnie's offspring. Mandla is also an ANC MP so if Zuma can do it and get away with it why can't he? Western or Roman Dutch or customary laws are made to be broken or we wouldn't need lawyers or prisons and life would be a free for all. I have no less respect for Mandela Snr because of his grandson. He is an old, old man who deserves to be left in peace - young people have no respect for the elderly these days and that is partly due to the influence of the Western civilisation and its human rights doctrines stemming from Christianity. The culture of entitlement is rife worldwide ktheron2 not just in SA. Australia has it, UK has it and America started it. If you don't like it go and live in a Muslim country - that's about one of the only peoples who have not totally lost touch with honour and respect for themselves.

  • ktheron2 - 2011-12-24 18:01

    Just another example of the culture of entitlement that is rife here in SA.....f$^k the law, they say.....

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-25 10:53

      have you ever seen sister wives on dstv? Have you heard of places like yearning for zion? It's not just black people who practise polygamy. Get over yourself.

  • Larry - 2011-12-24 19:36

    This guy and his Clique do not care a Rat A**s about the Law. Law is for us, not them.

  • Savourcard - 2011-12-24 20:53

    Yet another ANC jobbo who believes he is above the law. How can he remain an MP, who is a lawmaker, if he willfully and deliberately breaks the law and shows such utter disdain for it? Any bets the ANC will do ... Nothing?

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-25 10:51

      you're an idiot. The anc has nothing to do with this. This is an individual's personal decision. Go eat christmas chicken and leave news24 to other people who don't blame the government for cold winters and hot summer.

  • Brian - 2011-12-24 21:20

    Just arrest him for contempt of court when he steps foot in South Africa again.

  • Pixie86 - 2011-12-25 10:56

    have you ever seen sister wives on dstv? Have you heard of places like yearning for zion? It's not just black people who practise polygamy. Get over yourself.

  • Gail - 2011-12-25 12:40

    Where is the custom here? Zuma spoke of not abandoning old people and orphans in their culture but effectively what Mandla has done is failed to meet his obligations to his legal wife and children or pay legal costs. The princess he is marrying knows that this is not a legally binding marriage ceremony but just an excuse for a party. She better be on her guard because if he doesn't regard the courts in terms of his first wife the new wife is going to be in a very precarious position as she will not have anything legally binding to hold over Mandla's head if he decides to go off with another woman. He will of course be bound by customary law since the elders are involved and so she just might have some redress through her royal lineage as a Swazi princess. This is the 21st Century tho and patriarchy is still strong so she could find herself out in the street living on welfare if he finds a 3rd girl I hope you have something strong to bind the two of you for any future children's sake because Swaziland is bankcrupt already.

  • Chaapo - 2011-12-25 12:40

    Stupid women who walk into this with eyes open- but then again, perhaps not but women who are eyeing the money (from the tax payers of course; after all Zuma does it too) and basking in the reflected glory of the Mandela name because the boy does not cut it as a man.

  • Jacqui - 2011-12-25 13:00

    Nice, when you deem yourself above the law. Jericho came tumbling down, so let's wait and hope.

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