Mandla Mandela 'rubbishing women's rights'

2012-02-03 12:25

Pietermaritzburg - Nelson Mandela's controversial grandson, Mandla Mandela, has undermined the rule of law and “rubbished women’s rights” by his allegedly bigamous marriages.

This submission is contained in an affidavit filed in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha on Thursday by his first wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela.

She has formally applied to set aside Mandela’s latest marriage, to Mbalenhle Makhathini (also known as Nkokikazi Nodiyala Mandela) of Pietermaritzburg, on Christmas Eve, despite an interdict ordering him not to.

The marriage took place at Mvezo village in the Eastern Cape.

In her affidavit, Mabunu-Mandela said she and Mandela - who is an MP - married in Johannesburg on June 21, 2004, in community of property according to the provisions of the Marriage Act of 1981, and also celebrated their wedding according to African customary rites in Mthatha.

They are in the throes of protracted divorce proceedings.

Traditional leader

She said that although it was correct that African customary law recognised polygamy, the same did not apply to marriage under the Marriage Act.

She said it seemed Mandela’s reasoning was that the law did not apply to him because he held the position of Chief Mvezo of the Abatembu and claimed that as a traditional leader he was entitled, or obliged, to take more than one wife from his community. She disputes this.

Mabunu-Mandela said an aggravating fact was that she also had to approach the courts to declare another marriage by him to French national Anais Grimaud illegal, and succeeded.

His marriage to a third woman, while still married to her, had infringed her right to human dignity.

“For him to carry on in the manner in which he has, has the effect of undermining the rule of law and rubbishing women’s rights,” she said.

She added that the publicity her husband had given to the latest marriage had caused her acute embarrassment and his conduct had deeply offended her.

“To add insult to injury this is the second time in less than two years in which he has entered into another void marriage.”

  • Brett - 2012-02-03 12:30

    Three Jet Zuma has four wives...If polygamy is illegal does he get away with it because as the head ANC cadre he is above the law? Can anybody enlighten us?

      Nico - 2012-02-03 12:39

      Wait till one of them wants a divorce then the law will kick in - but why would they, they have the life of a queen

      procold2 - 2012-02-03 12:48

      brett whats good for goose,but anyway this is rubbish news, think news 24 needs a new juju or mandla sees the attention juju get and wants a piece of it.

      George - 2012-02-03 12:54

      To have more than one wife, one has to be married under the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act. Mandla Mandela is married under the Marriage Act, and under the Marrage Act one may not have more than one wife, or husband.

      Ashley - 2012-02-03 12:56

      Well, good for her, fighting the idiots that think they are above the law. All they want to do is plant their seeds into anything that has a VJJ. This Mandla twat needs to learn a lesson. Hope he has some sort of disease that will make is rod fall-off. Friend of mine is going through the same thing, why is it that the men think that they can do what they like?????????

      Brett - 2012-02-03 13:26

      Thanks George.

      Muligan - 2012-02-03 15:16

      No Leonard, Zuma's wives are all customary law wives...

      George - 2012-02-03 17:02

      @Leonard Bloch Well no. Zuma is married to his wives in terms of customary law (as opposed to civil law through the Marriage Act), so they all are his legal spouses. The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act recognises these marriages and the requirements and consequences of a customary marriage are similar to those of a civil law marriage As to the expenses. I don't know. Here's a link to the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act:

  • Klaus - 2012-02-03 12:41

    It is a given that the Shower heads of this world do not pay for their bed partners As long as there are willing or unwilling Rates & Tax payers who can be held to account this charade will continue.

  • Josh - 2012-02-03 12:44

    It's so sad but these days when people say the name Mandela I just think of this trashy care-free fellow rubbishing his families name in a couple of years - Which literally took a life time to build.

  • Alva - 2012-02-03 12:46

    What a twit! Next he'll be president!

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-03 12:49

    Aaaah! The Mandelas, sumtyms i get the feeling these folks want to be south africa's version of England's windsor house.

      Jacqui - 2012-02-04 11:22

      More like the Kardashians in my book.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-03 12:49

    Aaaah! The Mandelas, sumtyms i get the feeling these folks want to be south africa's version of England's windsor house.

  • Chris - 2012-02-03 12:50

    One foot in the present, one foot in the 16th century. They want to drive Mercs, but still have 7 wives.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-03 12:50

    Once again rules dont apply to cadres!

  • Max - 2012-02-03 12:50

    This guy is still primative, but just give her her money that we as the public don't have to listen to her whining.

  • Linda - 2012-02-03 12:53

    It's always been my understanding that while African customary law recognised polygamy, the existing wife/wives and family must approve the potential new wife. Am I correct in this?

      Themba - 2012-02-03 15:42

      Linda it is correct,

  • noyi.thembeka - 2012-02-03 13:12

    The first wife need to approve of the marriage that’s the only time it will legal

  • Bryan - 2012-02-03 13:22

    Eish, eish, eish......Eish!! Please can I have another Banana?

      Wim - 2012-02-03 14:53

      Nah, get another wife.

  • Neeus - 2012-02-03 13:45

    See, even your own people see through the crap that you claim to be traditionalism that changes as and when your needs dictate. This is why you and your ilk are a laughing stock. Do something noteworthy among your people to enhance not destroy which is my accusation against your type. Destroyers only...

  • Linda - 2012-02-03 13:59

    Yawn - what an idiot.

  • Tenagyah - 2012-02-03 14:08

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned ne?! I keep trying to imagine a time when these two were deeply in love and made promises to love each other for better or worse until death did them part. I can't see it... Something clearly went horribly wrong... I just cant believe the balls of this man! Can he just finish what he started with her befoe taking on another wife?! It ridicules the whole convenant of marriage to be taking up and disposing of wives like some type of human collectable!

  • Getafix - 2012-02-03 14:29

    I wonder how many billions, she will get in this settlement. He signed the marriage certificate under the marriage act, Haha.

      Wim - 2012-02-03 14:52

      He's not the brightest penny in the pot! She is in the pound seats.

  • Lyn - 2012-02-03 15:01

    take more wives, have more children and continue to spread poverty which results in violent crimes and HIV - and round and round we go. Never ending!

      mpumi.zulu - 2012-03-31 21:36

      Sad truth hey

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-03 15:31

    It is in their blood.....Mr Mandela Nelson himself is on the third wife now, if l my memory serves me right...

      Elbie Schlebusch - 2012-02-04 10:36

      At least he legally married and divorced them all. And who could blame him for divorcing Winnie?

      Patsy - 2012-02-04 12:16

      To Kusleg. Didn't he divorce his first two in the legal manner? Or are they also just adding up?

  • Susan - 2012-02-03 16:21

    I am almost certain his new wife is uneducated, that is why she is prepared to be the other women!!!

  • Chaapo - 2012-02-03 16:37

    He married her under a different Act which does not allow for bigamy. If he wanted his many wives, he should have gone the customary way. This isn't about a woman scorned but one who knows the law and who is holding this buffoon to account. He wants to marry a zillion wives - he can go ahead after he has legally divorced this wife with all that the divorce will entail. More power to her. It is these uneducated girls who walk into marriages without understanding their legal standing.

  • Jacques - 2012-02-03 19:16

    Little Mandla is a good example of the quality and character of our leaders. You go boy! Did our Fearless Prez himself not set the standard?

  • Alex - 2012-02-04 07:10

    OMG...what a fat prick!

  • Gail - 2012-02-04 09:14

    I think that the African male believes that customary law is above the Constitutional law and Mandla is merely following his leader Zuma's example. NKosazani must have been married under the marriage act which is how she comes to be divorced from Zuma and Mandla thought that this wife would just have to suck up him marrying two other women under customary law without her permission. Good on her for sticking him with the Marriage Act and good luck to her if she thinks she will get anything out of the libidinous turd.

  • Gail - 2012-02-04 09:26

    If as is claimed in this column she succeeded in her suit against a previous woman he married under Customary Law that ends to indicate that the Justice system does not view the customary law as legally binding under law as a Customary marriage. This then indeed begs the question as Leonard Bloch asks of why JZ;s customary wives are all recognised and given perks since under law they are only married to him under customary law and therefore the allowances they receive as his wives should not apply to more than one. If he wants them all to benefit then he would have to legalise polygamy first and then marry them under the Marriage Act before they receive a dime from the taxpayer in allowances. As taxpayers we should not have to pay extra because he is a polygamist; he should have to come out on the same salary as any Pres. with one wife and a limited number of children. A country is like a complex business - if the boss is paid extra for mistresses and illegitimate children then so should the underlings have that right. I can just see that happening!

  • Trevor - 2012-02-04 11:47

    Look, Black African leaders conform to two sets of laws, just depends which suits their needs. Jacob Zuma leads by example, he likes the Western financial benefit,suits,cars, trips...but also the African perks of having more than one wife,calling the Ancestors to punish those that don't vote ANC. This is nothing new it's just the arrogance of some and Zuma, all be I don't agree AT ALL with him in bascially everything that comes out of his pie hole, he does it with "style", the mark of an "elder"...this Mandela Wipper Snapper is just that, a "boy" in the eyes of most and as such, is acting like one as well. I am VERY happy that woman, ESPECIALLY Black African woman, now stand up for their rights and are no longer being accepted as the property of some prick who's belief in having multiple wives makes him "THE MAN".....Mandela, grow up, arrogance/pride has been the downfall of many men and right a joke.......

  • Vuyolwethu - 2012-02-06 12:30

    Did she have to go public about it?

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