Zindzi Mandela takes to Twitter over Winnie

2014-02-05 15:37

Cape Town - Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi has joined Twitter, starting with a series of tweets explaining why Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was left out of the former stateman’s will.

Zindzi joined the social media platform just under a week ago and has already gained more than 1 200 followers.

She said that media reports about why her mother was left out of the will were mischievous and sensationalist.

“She never attended the reading of the will as she didn't regard herself as a beneficiary,” Zindzi tweeted.

“Why would she expect to be maintained after his passing when she was never maintained during his lifetime?”

She said Winnie would continue to mourn her ex-husband’s death while “according to traditional protocols whilst holding Mama Graca's hand throughout this difficult period”.

By late on Tuesday afternoon, Zindzi was trending in Johannesburg.

  • Mc Apple - 2014-02-05 15:44

    "Zindzi was trending"? She should be jogging.

      Anton Muller - 2014-02-05 15:52

      Nelson knew Winnie had made more than enough... (Not honestly, but more than enough).

      kalabafazi - 2014-02-05 16:05

      her and Winnie should be paying not receiving

      michael.harker.98 - 2014-02-05 16:22

      The maids each got R50000. Was Winnie not included there?

      Eckhart Piprek - 2014-02-05 16:37

      They saw her at KFC drive-thru and thought she was trending there. In fact, she was exercising by waving her arm out of the car window while placing her order.

      Craig Drysdale - 2014-02-05 17:30


      yaya188 - 2014-02-05 21:32

      LOL! so the first shot has been fired...............just wait

  • sihlenyamezela.motaung - 2014-02-05 15:45

    Guys please respect Mandela family and stop comment on the Mandela will u need to focus to DA and ANC that hhayi niyaphapha too much

      Eckhart Piprek - 2014-02-05 16:32

      Yep couldn't care who kisses whom but Zuma is still going to have explain bigtime his theft of taxpayers money to fund his kraal.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-02-05 17:35

      Sihle. Zindzi wrote on Twitter, News 24 reported it and thus are we free to react. Why should we respect the Mandela family, are they special?.

      Magda_Kus - 2014-02-05 20:43

      Sihle, Sifiso, don't take all these comments too much to heart- folks on news forms get more carried away than is considerate... (not on this subject only).., I am sure you must have noticed.

  • Barbara Volkwyn - 2014-02-05 15:49

    People seem to forget the reasons why Mandela divorced Winnie. She was maintained when he came out of prison and then she left him alone at night........

      Masela Dima - 2014-02-05 16:39

      would you have stayed .i mean she needed something! Mandela couldnt provide

      MastersVoice - 2014-02-06 00:31

      "according to traditional protocols whilst holding Mama Graca's hand throughout this difficult period” - really? There are traditional protocols for ex-wives to mourn with current wives? Seems to me "traditional protocols" gets made up every time some embarrassing or exposing truth about our Black "leaders" comes up. Zuma tried it during his rape trial, remember? He was obliged to have sex with her, because his tradition required it from him...

      Dunte Devante - 2014-02-06 13:07

      She was out there killing worthless impimpis (snitches) who were supplying critical info to the Apartheid government which would have resulted in the destruction of Mandela's rise to the top and the loss of many black lives as well. So what she did was admirable in a way

  • Broke Xoli - 2014-02-05 15:59

    She was the Tata's ex wife so I dont see the fuss plus this is a private matter and should handled as just that...#RIP GREAT MAN

      Grant Montgomery - 2014-02-05 16:41

      You should direct your comment to Zindzi.

      Mandisa Tyhali Sitembiso - 2014-02-05 16:41

      Hayi shame tata should have gave her something,even if its that R50000 for the employees, klkl!!

      Magda_Kus - 2014-02-05 20:48

      @ Grant- as her daughter, Zinzi has every right to stand by her mom. It does not matter that you or I don't like her. Anyway- her dad has just passed away- none of this sort of discussion is helpful for anything other than venting for some.

  • Nico Minnaar - 2014-02-05 15:59

    jy sal vokol kry!

  • Wendy Nezar Schmidt - 2014-02-05 16:04

    Who cares? Give us news that is worth to be called news please.

      Jim Bean - 2014-02-05 16:19

      Yet you came here to read it... Just saying.

  • Michael Nelson - 2014-02-05 16:12

    venting - good idea there chubby, it'll take your mind off the pies for a while...

  • Pat Nkosi - 2014-02-05 16:15

    This is a family matter,we shoul'dnt interfere.Its only tata who knows why he never left mama Winnie anything,so let's us stop to interfering its not our bussiness afterall.

      Grant Montgomery - 2014-02-05 16:44

      Read the report Pat. It was mandela's daughter who went public on twitter.

      Magda_Kus - 2014-02-05 20:50

      It is possible, that right or wrong, she felt provoked by all the speculation and gossip around the matter. If it were your family- you may also have felt you had to say something. Look- it is not even our family- and we all feel we need to!

  • Truth.nnete - 2014-02-05 16:20

    Zindzi should sue the grave maybe her mother might get something out of it.While doing that she should not forget her partner in crime,Makaziwe.

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2014-02-05 16:58

      Get your facts straight it wasn't Zindzi and Makaziwe it was Makaziwe and Zenani.

  • Colin Nelson - 2014-02-05 16:23


      Magda_Kus - 2014-02-05 20:52

      As far as I know all the children did inherit- only Winnie was left out.

      Stirer Kathray - 2014-02-06 06:50

      Now that the children have benefited, and themoney is theirs, there's nothing to stop them from giving something to poor left-out Winnie.

  • Velaphi Mavhunga - 2014-02-05 16:25

    Pat I agree wit u its a family matter but the story came from 1 of family member so we have to comment as we didn't create the story.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2014-02-05 16:44

      I also belief it is a family matter and that was it. They should all have kept quite, but now one said something. So you are correct and it is now open for more comments. To me it still stay a family matter and I advise the Mandela family not to comment again. It will blow over.

  • Won Hung Loh - 2014-02-05 16:28

    I believe that attempts by the media to get a comment out of Winnie were met with a torrent of obscene language..

  • September Mphikeleli - 2014-02-05 16:30

    Did anybody hear Winnie complaining what nonsense this mind your own business this is winnie not anybody else

  • Israel Stock - 2014-02-05 16:42

    well zindzi is right

  • Danie Louw - 2014-02-05 16:45

    Who leaves money for his x by the way

  • mboniseni.thwala - 2014-02-05 16:45

    There is no tradition of mourning ex-husbands!! Will she moan for Dali Mpothu too?

  • Ria Cook - 2014-02-05 16:47

    Strange how "celebs" always accuse the press of revealing all their secrets to the whole world. But you only have to read this article to see where all the "revelations" originate.

  • Moeketsi Matli - 2014-02-05 16:48

    News24 commentators bunch of small minded morons who cant differentiate between personal matters and matters of public discussion, for them even if the late President had explained his reasons behind winnie's exclusion it wouldn't have gone well with them in short LERATA DITABA TSA BATHO.

  • rodrick.muhali - 2014-02-05 16:48

    Where on earth a good man can have a good woman? It is always vise verse, a great politician man cannot have a great politician woman, if that so, they will not be together forever

  • rodrick.muhali - 2014-02-05 16:48

    Where on earth a good man can have a good woman? It is always vise verse, a great politician man cannot have a great politician woman, if that so, they will not be together forever

  • Stouttegirl Viljoen - 2014-02-05 16:50

    Wow, some of the comments here seem to be typed in Inuit or Choctaw Language and then translated to English or Afrikaans using Google Translate...

  • Grant Montgomery - 2014-02-05 16:55

    "Together, hand in hand with our necklaces and matchsticks we will liberate this country."

  • Jimmy James - 2014-02-05 16:56

    W H A T E V E R !!!

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-02-05 16:58

    She got nothing because Nelson knew what was right . Stompie has had nothing for years

  • Vincent Ndlovu - 2014-02-05 16:58

    Its her loss she refuse a 20 million settlement divorce fee a wanted more now she ripped what she plough.

  • Ralekgole Oriel Snr - 2014-02-05 17:03

    i heard a lot of nothing from this zinzi,is she high?

  • selbysello.rasoesoe - 2014-02-05 17:06

    The two were divorced, so it is only logical that Madiba took that stance. Leave Mama Winnie alone.

  • Fhulufhelo B Takalani - 2014-02-05 17:09

    She joined twitter for a wrong reason I don't think she owe people an explanation why her mom (Winnie) was not a beneficiary of Mandela's will.She've got time for nonsense, I mean people talk and they will always talk.

      Maiwashe Pertu Khangwe Pertu - 2014-02-05 17:12

      fhulu iyo ndingoho.........

  • Velaphi Mavhunga - 2014-02-05 17:25

    Winnie deserve wht she got,tata give to everyone who deserve to get something from him including the ANC,zinzi kha litshe u tambela kha tweeter ngauri u do vhudziwa ngoho nga mahala ndaa!

      Thoko Jullia - 2014-02-05 19:21

      I feel sorry For Mam Winnie,i knw ppl wont andastand,bt God will,Mandela will b judged by God

  • Maleho Mothabeng - 2014-02-05 17:48

    I really don't see what all this fuss is about - they divorced in 1996 I'm sure she got a handsome settlement then - let's stop fussing about things that are clear and focus on paying our woolworths accounts and the municipality bill etc

  • Winifred Watson - 2014-02-05 18:13

    So who really cares and why do they have to explain. Obviously Nelson thought he had given her in life what she deserved and felt in his absence he did not have to include her for his own personal reason and I really dont care. Shame she got nothing and a lot of woman have experienced the same after divorce. Why make this sensational news.

  • Shasha Dladla - 2014-02-05 18:50

    Who cares?

  • Motlalepula Matshwe - 2014-02-05 20:08

    Why do white racists hate mama Winnie so much, they are so obsessed with her.

      sechaba.thabo.39 - 2014-02-06 13:59

      We love Winnie, instead you will be suprised to see that SA still love Wiennie if she can come back to polotics.for you to say wiennie caused herself to be hated is a big joke man.which black poletical figure do you claim to honestly like? Not even Madiba beacuse your intation was for him to die in can you claim to have liked him hypocrites

  • Botty Lesele - 2014-02-05 22:17

    Just realise how stupid we are,winnie got her share wen she divorced with mandela,so which money shuld she receive now.let's stop minding Ppl 's business nd question things which are valuable

  • Jak da Ladd - 2014-02-05 22:50

    She is right, they were divorced, who on earth would have expected her to get anything, that would have happened a long time ago. Respect guys, the press were way wrong to punt it the way they did. To me she has shown enormous class on how she has dealt with this. Her past is her past, good and bad, but this focus is off the track

  • Janette Marais - 2014-02-06 07:49

    Mandela was not my hero, there are more deserving people than the Mandela family

      sechaba.thabo.39 - 2014-02-06 13:11

      You are 100 percent right, how can Madiba be your hero beacuse he was the one who played major role in briging down your apart....... we got nothing to do with your ignorency

  • Thabang Thapelo - 2014-02-06 07:59

    Winnie got her shares when the divorce was it was unnecessary for to attend the reading of the will,she knew exactly that she won't get a slice of mandela's property.

  • Buskien Mohale - 2014-02-06 09:51

    she should have been given sumting. aowa!!!!!

      Faith Bosa - 2014-02-06 18:37

      I agree,38.years of mariage...she is the one that stood for him wen he was in prison. If she saw other men,its because she had needs &wasnt sure he would leave some day. If he could 4give his prosecutorwhy couldnt he 4give her??

      sechaba.thabo.39 - 2014-02-07 08:35

      Tata was good man,we all know that,he forgave all his capturers who send him to prison for life but failed to forgive the mother of his own children. He was imperfect just like any other man.he was not like angelic the way we think he was.

  • Israel - 2014-02-06 09:51

    I do not believe for one single moment Winnie did not think she would be a beneficiary and Zindzi "trending in Johannesburg"?? - the word is SPENDING

  • Abram Russel Baloyi - 2014-02-06 10:53

    Mandela got his revenge

  • Louis Roux - 2014-02-06 12:09

    She did not inherit because she is black. Ha ha

  • sonstrale - 2014-02-06 13:21

    Winnie is the ex wife she gets to much publicity.Not a lot of people care what is happening in her life.She is still far better off than most South Africans.Write something about Graca who is a lady.

      sechaba.thabo.39 - 2014-02-06 15:21

      Graca is a good lady but one who brought her here is nomore soon she will go to her home land so nothing to write about her. not part of this country's history

  • George Van Biljon - 2014-02-06 15:23

    An uncle of mine was one of Mandela's financial advisers. One of the comments that Mandela made was that Winnie and Zindzi just wanted his money. Don't know what Zindzi got, but Mandela wasn't too fond of her either.

  • Ame Ombre - 2014-02-06 16:44

    Winnie & her daughter's life story portrays their indulging in all the luxuries on earth. The daughters words @ twitter cant quench the inner quiet fire rage... Being left out of the will must have caused them frustration & despair...

  • Livvi Krige - 2014-02-07 09:26

    Why would she even be considered in Mr Mandela's will??? She got her share in the divorce settlement, so why does she need to get anymore!! Or is it a case of continually getting hand-outs?? Seriously!!

  • Given Phiri - 2014-05-09 19:27

    winnie and his daughter where Queen before 1996 but too much to say. she know about the will, she already got what derseved with her daughter.

  • Given Phiri - 2014-05-09 19:27

    winnie and his daughter where Queen before 1996 but too much to say. she know about the will, she already got what derseved with her daughter.

  • Kgomotso Luvhengo - 2014-06-20 10:55

    winnie should not get anything cause she nd nelson were not together

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