Spat over Mandela 'funeral rights'

2012-02-19 16:15

Johannesburg - Mandla Mandela’s estranged wife has won her court bid to force him to reveal whether or not he sold the rights to his grandfather’s funeral.

Judge Pilisa Mnqandi granted Thando Mandela-Mabunu’s application to force her estranged husband to tell her, within 10 days, if he had indeed sold the rights to the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela, and if so, for how much.

Thursday’s hearing in the Mthatha High Court was the latest salvo in the couple’s bitter divorce battle.

She has already had Mandela’s cattle attached, half his bank accounts frozen, two of his marriages annulled and laid criminal charges against him.

Her lawyer, Wesley Hayes, said that although his client was entitled to a share of any money paid for the funeral rights, she did not “personally want it”.

Making matters worse, Mandla Mandela will appear in a Mthatha district court on Monday on charges of bigamy which Mabunu-Mandela laid after he took KwaZulu-Natal beauty Mbalenhle Makhathini as wife number three – in defiance of a court order.


Mabunu-Mandela laid the bigamy charges in late December after his Christmas Eve wedding. Mandela failed to arrive at a meeting with police at which he was to make a statement detailing his side of the story.

Regional national prosecuting authority spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said an administrative bungle between police and prosecutors resulted in confusion about whether a warrant for his arrest had been issued.

Even Mandela’s divorce lawyer, Bertus Preller, reportedly confirmed the warrant’s existence on Friday.

“What we need to remember is that this is not a violent crime. Mandla is not a flight risk because he is well-known and would have nowhere to hide.

“I don’t think it would be in his interests to hide, so we expect he’ll appear to answer bigamy charge on Monday,” said Tyali.

Mandela’s love life has been far from smooth recently as his estranged wife, who keeps close tabs on developments, frustrates his attempts to take additional customary wives after their divorce proceedings began in 2009.

Mabunu-Mandela won a court battle to have his marriage to second wife, Reunion-born Anais Grimaud, who has now been given the Xhosa name Nobubele, annulled after Mandela ignored an interdict and married her.

Joint assets

Mabunu-Mandela, who married Mandela in community of property in 2004, insists that his customary marriages cannot exist alongside her civil marriage.

For him to take more wives while their divorce is pending, she says, places her share of their joint assets under threat.

Meanwhile her lawyer, Wesley Hayes, is furious that Mthatha High Court sheriff Mlandeli Joki is reluctant to serve Mandela with court documents about the annulment of his marriage to Makhathini.

Hayes, who is threatening to complain to the Sheriff’s Board, said Joki – who has previously failed to execute another order involving Mandela – has been ducking his calls for a month.

Hayes said he had the same problem trying to get Joki and his colleague Ncedile Ntsibantu to attach goods at Mandela’s home after he failed to pay R20 000 in legal fees and R12 500 in maintenance to his wife.

It took six months and an official complaint to the board before a sheriff from Port Elizabeth travelled the 400km to Mvezo to attach several head of cattle and a minibus.

Neither Ntsibantu nor Joki could be reached for comment this week, despite numerous attempts.

Mandela’s young wives, Nobubele and Nodiyala, which is Makhathini’s new name, presented a united front during the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela’s sister last weekend.

The two women were dressed in the matching blue outfits of traditional Xhosa women and giggled together as they peeled vegetables and minded pots on the fires with other women from the village.

The two were accompanied by a chaperone and childminder for Nobubele’s newborn son, Mandela’s first.

Nobubele, who now speaks fluent Xhosa, gave birth to Qheya Zanethemba II late last year.

  • ludogideon - 2012-02-19 12:37

    Mandla Mandela should control his labido

      Burtfred - 2012-02-19 17:27

      Labido? huh? Is that a new breed of dog?

      Blue - 2012-02-19 18:11

      Not his libido...his lust for money!!! His poor Grandfather is not even given the time to die...and he's already off making money out of it. This is downright shamefull and an outrage. How does it work in our afican families?...does the 'grandson' even have the right to do something like this?...I would imagine the oldest 'child' born within a family would be the right person to eventually decide about funeral arrangements, following a family meeting - this of course, if the deceased did not leave stipulations on how he/she must be buried, within his/her will?

      Marcell - 2012-02-20 00:04

      This is what you get when you mix the ancestoral culture with a western culture. Chaos.

      Andre - 2012-02-20 07:57

      Sies man Burtfred! Play the ball, not the man! English is not his 1st language.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-02-20 09:43

      The bit I don't understand is who gave him the rights to sell in the first place. Nelson Mandela's funeral will be a state funeral, which he thoroughly deserves. What a joke.

  • Themba - 2012-02-19 14:19

    Now this boy excels at bringing the Mandela surname into disrepute

  • Sipho - 2012-02-19 14:22

    Why publish this boring crap.

      Cracker - 2012-02-19 17:45

      It's NOT boring.

      Mike - 2012-02-19 20:43

      I agree why is this even the news,shouldn't it be in the entertainment section or women24 or something.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-19 16:38

    He must take after his grandmother!! I remember this story from way back. Apparently after an investigation into the expenditure of the SABC it was found that this dreadful piece of scum sold the rights to his grandfather's funeral to the SABC for 2 million. Unbelievable!! What a despicable excuse for a human being. No better than a vulture!

      Sharon - 2012-02-19 16:55

      Sorry, looked it up - it was 3 million!!

      Naledi Mabindla - 2012-02-19 18:33

      Which grandmother?he is not winnie`s grandchild so u mean step grandmother becoz his biological grandmother was a respectful woman

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-02-19 16:42


  • Helio - 2012-02-19 16:53

    VULTURE is the correct label here.....waiting to cash in on the death of your relative or anyone else for that matter is as low as you can possibly go.....

  • Comrade - 2012-02-19 16:57

    what a bunch of ANC pigs....squabbling about money when the guy isnt even dead yet....bloody pigs!!

  • Dave - 2012-02-19 17:07

    Hell hath no fury...some idiots learn the hard way

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-19 17:08

    Disguisting...cant government do something.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-19 17:08

    Disguisting...cant government do something.

  • Nonku Butelezi - 2012-02-19 17:20

    So over this couple! The woman & her tactics and this Mandla guy for having a huge head, too big for his shoulders. Can they finalize this divorce already so we can read about proper news that will add to our useful knowledge!

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-02-19 17:33

    Sure Zuma is happy with dis boy actions

  • Fildos - 2012-02-19 17:37

    here we pray that tata mandela must live longer and his own grandson is planning his funeral. ppl r sick these days. sies man

  • Kirsten - 2012-02-19 17:38


  • Glyn - 2012-02-19 17:42

    Mandela is a "cash-cow"??!!

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2012-02-19 18:10

    That's the indomitable spirit of a woman scorned! Go get what's owed to you my darling! #team first wives club

  • Graham - 2012-02-19 18:21

    I bet it's true! He denied it! Just like the ANC, Incapable of telling the truth.

  • John - 2012-02-19 18:34

    What is it with these people? 'Funeral rights'? And the guy not even dead yet!

  • Swapie - 2012-02-19 18:52

    Vrot appel in die familie.

  • Wiseman - 2012-02-19 19:04

    Actual this is a crap to broadcast such thing like this!!! T.Key bai!!!

  • Carel de Lange - 2012-02-19 19:30

    What an absolute disgrace! these mandelas are riding the gravy train on Nelsons name. worthless scum! I suppose they are just demonstrating how false their claim to the moral upper hand really is!

  • Ndi Masta Ramarope - 2012-02-19 21:22

    leave u tata out of this

  • Tokoloshe - 2012-02-19 21:48

    If Mandla did not sell the rights, then Julias must have put in a tender for it?

  • Grant - 2012-02-20 03:37

    If the SABC did pay R3 million for the TV rights then we as the tax payer have a right to know as it is our tax money that's paying for them. The SABC have received billions in so called bailouts in the last few years. Just how are they spending the money and on what - I have a right to know. This gamorse about whether the young Mandela can buy as many wives as he can afford whilst already having a wife under western law was bound to backfire. Would he allow his wives to take other husbands? If not then this is descrimination. The fun'n games will really start when Zuma dies! What I find most disturbing is the way the judiciary have acted (or haven't acted). "Regional national prosecuting authority spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said an administrative bungle between police and prosecutors resulted in confusion about whether a warrant for his arrest had been issued." So 2 months later nothing is resolved. Are the people employed fit to do the job? Connected people in the new SA show nothing but contempt for court rulings and they get away with it (Juju comes to mind).

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-02-20 05:14

    Wait, isn't Mandela still alive?

  • Silvana - 2012-02-20 05:57

    I have to vomit when I read how the system works. Had his name been Mokoena, Smith or whatever, He would have been locked up ages ago for contempt of court. But when you are Mandela, Zuma or some other fat cat, no laws apply to you. God help this country.

  • Spoed - 2012-02-20 06:26

    Shocking - the man is still alive & they are fighting over his funeral?--

  • werner.smidt - 2012-02-20 07:17

    Hell hath no fury . . .

  • Patrick - 2012-02-20 07:30

    poor mandela!!

  • Schmee - 2012-02-20 07:56

    This is one woman you don't mess with.

  • Perfume - 2012-02-20 08:19

    Why???? Are they looking to cash in on Mr Mandela's death - they sound like a bunch of vultures circling around him at the moment.

  • Blane - 2012-02-20 08:28

    Eish , the old boy has'nt even kicked the bucket yet and the wolves are closing in .

  • Dennis - 2012-02-20 09:10

    What a sick man he is AND HE IS AN ANC MP !!!

  • Cristina - 2012-02-20 10:48

    Such a disgrace!!..the poor man is STILL alive and they are doing this!, Lord forbid what happens when its his time to go!!!!!! CIRCUS!!!

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