Mandla Mandela's wedding on hold

2011-12-22 17:00

Johannesburg - The Mthatha High Court has granted an interdict barrring Chief Mandla Mandela’s impending wedding to Mbali Makhathini.

Mandela, former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, could find himself in contempt of court if he goes through with his plans to marry Makhathini - reportedly a university student in KwaZulu-Natal - in a traditional wedding at his Mvezo homestead on Christmas Eve.

The interdict was sought by the chief’s estranged wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, and granted by Judge Gloria Mjali just before lunch on Thursday.

Mabunu-Mandela’s attorney, Wesley Hayes, confirmed an order was made against Mandela, with costs.

Mandela and his legal representatives were not present at Thursday's court proceedings, nor did he file opposing papers, said Hayes, who added that his client was overjoyed.

“I just spoke with her now and she’s very happy with the order. If the marriage or any celebrations takes place this weekend we will look to bring contempt of court proceedings against them.”

No comment

When contacted on Thursday, Mandela said he did not know of the order: "I don't even want to know what the outcome of the application is. I don't want to comment on this."

Mandela would not say whether the wedding would take place.

Mabunu-Mandela earlier this year had Mandela’s other marriage to French woman Anais Grimaud declared null and void after a similar interdict was unsuccessful.

In courts papers, she reportedly said she does not want her husband, who also recently completed lobola negotiations for Swazi princess Siphiwayena Dlamini, to take another wife until their divorce is completed and assets split.

She argued that though her husband is a chief and is traditionally allowed to take more than one wife, their marriage had been civil and the two could not go together.

  • Dennis - 2011-12-22 14:54

    THWARTS !!!

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2011-12-22 17:46

    Well done to Tando Mabunu-Mandela. #first wives club!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-22 19:54

    Is this the same Mandela who sold off Aurora's assets and who is responsible for the misery of thousands of mine workers? The man who is responsible for the death of at least one, who in desperation committed suicide? If it is, it is unbelievable that he can consider marriage-an event which is supposed to be a happy affair. How dare he even consider smearing the the faeces of his greed onto another unsuspecting woman?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-22 20:42

      Thank you, Kekeletso. Now I can relax a bit. That rant took it out of me. Are there really so many of them?

      johnkk - 2011-12-23 08:48

      He is the eldest grandson of Madiba and is trying to do alot of good for the Mvezo community in terms of schools and clinics. He is also trying to stimulate growth in the area.

  • AyGeewils - 2011-12-22 20:41

    Here again an example of how out-of-control these ANC fat cats have become. They want to be able to do what they like and live as kings - reminds me of US mobsters - except you would expect them to be crooks....

  • Kevin - 2011-12-23 04:25

    A right bunch of....................

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