Potential Battle Among Nelson Mandela’s Family Members Looming Over Will

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  • Nelson Mandela may be resting in peace, but the former South African president’s family could potentially be at odds over his will.

    Mail & Guardian notes that a power struggle within the Mandela family is looming after the civil rights activist chose Graca Machel, Makaziwe and Zenani to represent the family on big decisions. At this time, control of decision-making within the family is the source of conflict between Mandela’s eldest daughter by his first wife Evelyn, Makaziwe and Mandla, the oldest grandson and traditional chief in the Eastern Cape.

    In recent statement, Mandela’s former second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, suggested that Makaziwe should run the family affairs, in concert with her own two daughters, Zenani and Zindzi. The only thing with that strategy is that it would upset the AbaThembu royal house that Mandela belonged.

    As if that drama wasn’t enough, another potential conflict could arise among Mandela’s children, including Makaziwe and Zenani Mandela. According to Mail & Guardian,
    Makaziwe and Zenani were directly bequeathed no more than the money they received in their father’s lifetime in a will.

    At this time, it’s estimated so far that Mandela’s estate, excluding assets held in trusts, is worth about R46-million ($4 million). Mandela died in December 2013, leaving behind an estate, which includes royalties from his paintings and book sales, an upmarket house in Houghton, Johannesburg, a home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, and a house in Cape Town.

    Despite Mandela’s ever expanding reputation and value as a Nobel Peace Prize winner and reconciliation ambassador, there were those who felt that some of his relatives used his name to make money marketing various things that ranged from wine to reality TV shows. Speaking with Mail & Guardian, Moseneke revealed that some of the estate would be split between three trusts set up by Mandela, including a family trust designed to provide for his more than 30 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Nevertheless, Mandela’s will has incited all kinds of internal squabble within his family despite many of his children receiving $300 000 each.

    The will was also kind to Mandela’s other grandchildren and great-grandchildren with each of them receiving R100 000 each. The late leader’s philanthropy is also present as his desire to preserve historic legacy and promote education carries on even in death.

    Various schools and institutions received 10% and 30% of proceeds generated from royalties to the ANC.

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