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Nelson Mandela’s Ex-Wife Demands His Village Home



The ex-wife of the late South African first black President and Human Rights Activist Nelson Mandela is demanding his village home for her children.

This triggers the first legal battle dispute since Mandela’s death.

BBC reports that Winnie Madikiela-Mandela‘s lawyers say she is asserting her “customary rights” by demanding the house.

Winnie and Nelson divorced in 1996. They had two daughters Zinzi and Zenani together.

Nelson Mandela has a large clan. He was married to Graca Machel at the time of his death, has a son with his late first wife Evelyn Mase, plus grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Nelson Mandela & Winnie

Nelson Mandela & Winnie

In his will, Mandela who has an estate valued at $4.3million, said the property Winnie is requesting for, “should be used by my family in perpetuity in order to preserve the unity of the Mandela family.”

According to a letter, Winnie purchased the home in Qunu while Mandela was in jail.

“It is only in this home that the children and grandchildren of Mrs Madikizela-Mandela can conduct their own customs and tradition and the house cannot be given to the sole custody of an individual nor can it be generally given to the custody of any person other than the children of Mrs Madikizela-Mandela and/or her grandchildren,” read part of the statement.

The letter states that it doesn’t mean that Mandela’s other children would be denied access but Winnie wants control over it.

The executor of the will is yet to comment on the issue.
Photo Credit: AFP


  1. rowena234

    August 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    so…all this while winnie was just faking family unity.why does it always have to end this way in every large family.??? i remember how my uncle’s polygamous family started uprooting each other voraciously from the homes the had grown up in.the worst thing is how they had been faking a united front when he was alive. men

    • me

      August 5, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      exactly what happened to my family o! fronting family unity when dad was alive. come see blood flow after his death.

    • Anon

      August 6, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Family unity? Winnie never did family unity. She cared about herself and her daughters.

  2. Vanessa

    August 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I am embarrassed though it’s none of my business. This woman got her payout when she got divorced for her wayward ways. Madiba never gave her anything on his will cos he knew she would abuse the funds with her ‘boys’. She dragged the old man’s dignity by flaunting her toyboy right under his nose. She is not involved in any charity but blubbling her mount on stuff that doesn’t need her. I really feel for Graca, she has so much grace and an advocted for peace, just like Mandela. Winnie should have died first.

  3. Leah

    August 5, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    ‘Demands’ not Demands for.

    • newbie

      August 6, 2014 at 2:11 am

      Exactly, and ‘requesting’ not requesting for.


    August 5, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Men never learn. There’s something about first wives. Others are usually in it for a reason.

  5. nnennia

    August 6, 2014 at 12:36 am

    @vanessa,I know she was not meant to cheat on madiba but is it easy for a married woman to stay for that long duration,27 years without enjoying her conjugal rights.she fought for him the way she understood it to be life I have learnt not to judge anyone cos you may never know what you can do until you are faced with some hard realities of life

  6. Iris

    August 6, 2014 at 3:42 am

    This woman continues to sink further in my eyes

  7. mrs chidukane

    August 6, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Hellooo, if I read right the article says Winnie bought the house and according to her she just wants control over it and will not exclude others from the house. And for those judging her, do you know what it means to have your husband in jail for 2 years talk more 27 years? It’s easy to sit in judgment over her. Some women would have remarried but she just had lovers. Mandela is not God. If she had been the one in jail he would not have been celibate waiting for her but you best believe she wouldn’t have divorced him for having lovers. Its double standards everywhere and it’s a pity we women support it. How many men stay single when their wives die? Very few,in fact they go on to marry women decades younger than their wives and the examples abound. If she wants to contest the will she should, its a free world

    • MiMi

      August 6, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Opinion seconded!


    August 6, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Now i understand why the last wife just decided to leave Mandela’s assets in South Africa without quarrelling and move back to her country with her dignity only. Let them manage their wahala .God bless Graça

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