Winnie Mandela battles on for Qunu

EASTERN CAPE – Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says she will not rest until she gets what is hers, referring to Nelson Mandela’s home in Qunu village in the Eastern Cape.


Madikizela-Mandela who has already filed papers in the SCA is expected to appear at the Supreme Court of Appeal on November 20 to continue the battle over Qunu ownership.


According to Winnie, the Mthatha High Court dismissal of her application to review the registration of the property under Mandela was irrational and not objective.


She is confident that she is the rightful person to have full ownership over Qunu, the place where Nelson Mandela was laid to rest.


Chief Mandla Mandela, the head of the Mandela clan, on Sunday said Madikizela-Mandela is not entitled to any ownership over Qunu and that going to court will not assist her either.


Speaking to The Star on Sunday, Mandla was quoted saying, “The matter is simple as you know, the executors of the estate are advocate George Bizos, retired judge Dikgang Moseneke and Judge Themba Sangoni. As the family, we believe the matter is in reliable hands.”


George Bizos, one of the executors of Mandela’s will, says he understands her frustrations as their divorce was legal but said there is nothing they can do to assist her and certainly have no right to opposite the will as stated by the late statesman.


“The will did not provide in any way for her; she must be disappointed, their divorce was legal,” he said.

Bizos says they will oppose Madikizela-Mandela’s court appeal.


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