Mandla Mandela wedding to go ahead

2011-12-24 09:56

Johannesburg - Mandla Mandela is set to wed on Saturday morning despite being interdicted by his estranged first wife Tando Mabunu in the Mthatha High Court.

The Mandela family spokesperson for the event Sidima Mnqanqeni confirmed to Sapa that former President Nelson Mandela's son, Mandla, would, as planned, marry Mbali Makhathini at the Mvezo Great Place.

"We are confident that there will be no disturbance and the marriage is on," said Mnqanqeni. Earlier this week, Mabunu was granted a prohibitory court order against Mandela, which prohibits him from marrying anyone while still validly married to her.

Now it seems the Mandela family will ignore such an court order.

Mandela was also ordered to pay the costs of the application by Mabunu.

The court order against him comes just two days after Mandela's 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.

Allegedly, Mandela has on numerous occasions failed to pay R20 000 towards Mabunu's legal fees and also R12 500 as living maintenance performances.

A white marquee was set outside the Mvezo Royal Palace where the main marital celebration is expected to take place.

Mnqanqeni said they would use the royal palace for the event.

"Because this is a traditional wedding it is necessary that the royal palace residence be used for some rituals which need to be performed," he said.

The wedding is due to commerce with bride eating "Utsiki" (a piece of meat from goat).

Mnqandeni explained that this piece of meat indicates that the bride was now embedded (ukwenda) into the Mandela family.

This will be followed by a ritual called "ukutyisa amasi" where the wife will drink source milk from the homestead, before being led to the royal court where she will be introduced through a ritual practice to the ancestors.

Some well-wishers from Swaziland and around the world have already arrived in the area. 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 chairman 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.

It is believed that Dalindyebo - who is currently appealing a sentence of 15 years in jail he was given two years ago on charges of arson, culpable homicide and assault - will also play a major role in the marriage.

Dalindyebo belongs to the same clan as Mandla and is also the former President's nephew.


  • Jackymga - 2011-12-24 10:16

    Well congratulations that explains why the man is getting married again

  • rbczovczov - 2011-12-24 10:17

    Its a pity none of Mandela's descendants has lived up to his legacy. If anything, most of them have been a source of embarrassment to the Mandela name just like their mother Winnie. What does Mandla need 3 wives for any way?

      Michael - 2011-12-24 10:49

      Why don't you need three wives anyway? Who the hell do you think you are to impose your culture and believes on to others?

      Irene - 2011-12-24 12:57

      Michael ~ Backward is as backward does. Enlighten yourself.

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-24 11:27

    A taste of your own medicine thats what i will call it Ben

      Garth - 2011-12-24 11:36

      You itumeleng, are a fool. A racist, ignorant fool. North American, what colour? Asian, what colour? South American, what colour? Australian, what colour? Africa is a continent like the others(Australia excepted), only racists attach a colour to continents.

      Trevor - 2011-12-24 12:20

      ltumeleng-time you grow up and get rid of that chip on your your understanding, you going to label all German's a Natzi's or, Japanese as Yellow Backs or New Zealanders as Cannibals...etc...time you get educated

  • Sharon - 2011-12-24 11:31

    They ignore laws around corruption, fraud etc. Why bother with a minor court decision like this.

      Themba S. Mayongo - 2011-12-24 11:39

      who's they?

      Trevor - 2011-12-24 12:24

      High ranking ANC members...this is nothing new, you see it weekly in the media... By the way, the court order cannot stop a traditional marriage taking place...period....but it can stop a LEGAL marriage in the eyes of the government...I don't see how this could be a problem so it's NOT ignoring a "court order"....they just having a "party"

  • Themba S. Mayongo - 2011-12-24 11:37

    *sigh* does everything really have to lead to race? Reading these comments show the bitterness and divisions along racial lines. Ja nor, we got a long way to go before reconsiliation.

      Trevor - 2011-12-24 12:35

      So true, especially when the race hate is now black on can a minority of less than 5 million whites have any effect on 38 million blacks, where the law of Afirmative Action enforces race quota's on the minority to "protect" the majority....every law in SA is geared to "correcting" the past yet, it's just reinforces race hate on a youth that was not around during what now...two wrongs don't make a right no matter HOW you try to justify it...The way the ANC/ANCYL is going and has gone, there will NEVER be this "reconsiliation" in SA...

  • David - 2011-12-24 12:32

    Contempt of court, or what?

  • jeanpierre.gavaironlamaud - 2011-12-24 12:40

    I hope the poor will be have the permission to lick the dishes

  • Max - 2011-12-24 12:45

    I am seriously opposed to anything royal. This piece of African culture sucks just as it sucks in Europe. To be born into this kind of privilege in a modern day society is just wrong and unfair towards the rest of the population that must fund this lifestyle. This concept is just so wrong on so many levels and is used by the black elite to oppress the black rural population.

  • Larry - 2011-12-24 13:07

    Not only does he think he is above the Law… He probably is above the Law

      Silver - 2011-12-24 13:49

      I AM MANDELA (*silent* son) and this is MZANSI! I DIDN'T BREAK THE LAW... I AM THE LAW! WINNIE... I mean AMANDLA! *cough* *cough*

  • jaap.kotze - 2011-12-24 17:43

    Oh boy! Go for it!

  • Lwando - 2011-12-24 19:42

    Go Mandla we have seen people using courts to supress other people and we can not live a courtlife. It is surprising to see people forcing down the throat of everybody what is acceptable to them (their culture) while criminalising or destroying what they dont agreed with (our culture) and yet we say SA is a diverse country. Wemen have too many rights in this country, rights that are based on one culture or acceptable norm and yet everybody is expected to abide by them. Who knows, maybe that judge is a female or somebody who hates African culture with passion, judges have feelings too.

      bernpm - 2011-12-24 22:43 you want different legislation for different cultures? Only people of the same culture can get legally maried? Does that not feel a little like apartheids "mixed marriages" act??

  • Sarah - 2011-12-25 21:31

    He can marry as many as he wants, thing is, who is paying for this past time pleasure of his?

  • Carlo Hayes - 2011-12-26 10:57

    Who cares!!!!

  • Godfrey - 2011-12-26 14:24

    I think a person does what pleases themselves not others including courts and laws-laws are man made statements that are subjects to change... so Mr MANDELA must go ahead with what is good for him not what is good for court. By Freeze22

  • dianne.herselman - 2011-12-27 06:55

    Is little Mandela untouchable? why is he allowed to ignore court orders etc. let anybody else do it and they will obviously be heard in court!. He is a disgrace to the family....and another thing? why ANOTHER thing, why so many wives? he shouldnt have married in the first place...

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