Mandla Mandela warrant withdrawn

2012-02-21 21:00

Johannesburg - A warrant for the arrest of former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, has been withdrawn, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.

"After consultation, it was decided that the warrant of arrest should be withdrawn and a warning statement be obtained from Chief Mandla Mandela," Lieutenant Colonel Sibongile Soci said.

According to reports, a warrant for his arrest was issued on Friday after the Mvezo chief failed to appear in court on charges of bigamy.

Soci said on Tuesday a docket would be submitted to a senior public prosecutor for a decision whether to prosecute Mandela.

"In the event that the senior public prosecutor decides to prosecute, due process will follow."

Mandela's first wife, Thando Mabuna-Mandela, laid a charge of bigamy against Mandela in December last year, after he defied a court order not to marry a Pietermaritzburg woman, Mbali Makhathini.

The pair began divorce proceedings in 2008, after marrying in community of property in 2004.

Mabuna-Mandela's lawyer, Wesley Hayes, reportedly said she had also succeeded in getting a court order compelling Mandela to disclose his financial interests and how much his estate was worth.

She wanted to know, among other things, whether Mandela had sold the rights to his grandfather's funeral.

  • mary.kircher - 2012-02-21 21:44

    the only reason the charges were dropped is because of his surname - if you or I decide not to turn up in court, beleive me, we would be arrested. @ Michelle, the difference between Zuma and Mandla is that Zuma's marriages were all traditional whereas Mandla and his wife were married by a civil ceremony - he needs to get divorced before he can marry again.

      luytster - 2012-02-21 22:17

      Exactly, Mary. Michelle should rather be more offendened at the outdated tribal laws that still govern,in my thumbsuck, 80% of African woman. Sure this Self proclaimed Lord of All he Desires is wrong in the Western cultre and i hope his wife takes him for everthing he has. ( Ha Ha Pondonland will be now transferred to Mauritius soon). But in Reality he is the face of The African. I have the right to have many wives and if i desire other stuff i will just take it. I bet you the fat little Chief has not even got an education or done one days hard work in his life. Sies mKulu you you be my hero but this iNgani of yours is rubbish, So michelle get out there and educate the woman. Educate them them that is not acceptable. Educate them that there is abetter way, Do something with your rage!!! Thats what i do.

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-21 21:47

    Where in the books of SA law does it make it an offence for a man to have a side kick or even marry many wives. This woman must have a life...she must find herself another man while the sun shines.

      jameswilliamhorn - 2012-02-21 21:58

      Just as Mary stated above you can have many wives if you marry according to customary law, but his marriage was concluded in terms of the marriage act which then precludes him from concluding customary marriages while his initial marriage still subsists. I also think that a warrant for arrest was probably overboard, I'm sure the warning will suffice.

  • Cristina - 2012-02-22 05:42

    Ha!Now isnt that nice.!!.(Sarcasm)

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-08-15 09:16

    It is a Mandela. Full stop. Nothing will happen.

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