Winnie, Mandela’s ex-wife left out of Nelson Mandela’s $4.1M will

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mandels0302eMandela offspring share millions – Sapa
Nelson Mandela sent a message from the grave to his former wife of 38 years on Monday, leaving her completely out of his $4.1 million will, it was announced.

Former president Nelson Mandela’s children and grandchildren from his first and second wife will share millions of rands, according to the former statesman’s will.
Makgatho Mandela and Makaziwe Mandela, his children with first wife Evelyn, would get R3.5m and R3.3m respectively.

Makgatho’s children, Ndaba, Mbuso and Andile Mandela, would receive R1.1m each.

Makaziwe’s children — Dumani, Tukwini, Adjao Amuah and Kweku Amuah –would receive R1.1 million each.

Thembekile Mandela’s children, Ndileka and Nandi Mandela, would get R3.3m each from the estate. Thembekile is Mandela’s eldest son with Evelyn.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s children, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini and Zindzi Mandela, are set to receive R3m each.

Zenani’s children — Zinhle, Zaziwe and Zamaswazi — would receive R100,000 each.

Bambatha, Zondwa, Zwelabo and Zoleka, who are Zindzi’s children, would also receive R100,000 each.

Mandela’s great grandchild, Zozuko Mandela, who is Zamaswazi’s child, will get R100,000 from the estate.

The provisional assessment of Mandela’s estate was about R46 million, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told reporters in Johannesburg as he released Mandela’s will on Monday.

Mandela not selfish: Bizos – Sapa

Former president Nelson Mandela’s will shows how unselfish he was, his lawyer and friend George Bizos said on Monday.

“His wishes in his will are a summary of his wishes in life. He has also provided for education institutions. He was not selfish,” said an emotional Bizos after the contents of Mandela’s will and estate were revealed in Johannesburg.

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said the provisional assessment of Mandela’s estate was about R46 million.

Bizos said Mandela prioritised education.

“He would tell anyone willing to help with any donation to go anywhere in the country and build a school or a clinic,” said Bizos.

Bizos, Moseneke and Judge President Themba Sangoni are executors of Mandela’s estate.

Mandela also left R50,000 to his personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, and R50,000 to his chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya.

Ndoyiya said she was humbled by the former statesman’s gesture.

“He has treated me like one of his children. Inheritances are left to family members. I never thought he would leave money for me,” said Ndoyiya.

The University of the Witwatersrand, where Mandela obtained his law degree, and the University of Fort Hare received R100,000 each from the estate.

Wits vice-chancellor and principal, Professor Adam Habib, said the institution was humbled.

“We understand that this endowment brings with it a tremendous responsibility, given the character and legacy of our great leader and his commitment to the transformative power of education,” Habib said.

“Thank you, Tata, for remembering us in your will. You live on in our memory and in our lives.”

Asked how the rest of the family received the contents of the will, Moseneke said everyone was pleased.

“The reading of the will went well. There were clarifications sought. All Mandela’s descendants were present,” Moseneke said.

The will was read to all beneficiaries of the estate on Monday morning.

Graca keeps properties, jewellery, cars – Sapa

Former president Nelson Mandela’s wife Graca Machel will take ownership of four properties the couple jointly owned in Mozambique, according to the former statesman’s will.

She will also keep their vehicles, jewellery she received during the marriage and all money in their bank accounts or invested with other financial institutions.

Machel and Mandela were married in community of property. She was his third wife. The properties are three houses in Maputo and one in Chilembene. Mandela’s house in Houghton, Johannesburg, belongs to a family trust. However, Machel is allowed to take any artefacts or works of art from the residence.

The provisional assessment of Mandela’s estate was about R46 million, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told reporters in Johannesburg as he released Mandela’s will on Monday.

Mandela left R3 million each to Josina and Malengane Machel, the children of former Mozambican president Samora Machel and Graca Machel.

He left R100,000 each to Samora Machel’s six children born from a previous marriage. The six are Joselina, Samora Junior, Manthyane, Atwane, Turila, and Olivia Machel.

Machel had 90 days to decide whether she would waive her right to half of Mandela’s estate, Moseneke said.

Moseneke explained that when a couple were married in community of property they were entitled to 50 percent of the estate when one of the partners died.

“She may opt to have exactly half of the estate. It’s an election that needs to happen in 90 days… that’s still pending.”

He said Machel had not yet given her decision.

Wits thanks Mandela – Times LIVE

The University of the Witwatersrand has issued a statement expressing its gratitude to Nelson Mandela for leaving the university almost R1 million.

“Madiba emphasised the need to address inequality – one of the greatest threats to our young democracy, and Wits is determined to utilise this endowment to tackle this societal peril without delay, through the provision of additional scholarships for our students,” Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Adam Habib said in a statement.

“Thank you, Tata, for remembering us in your will – you live on in our memory and in our lives,” Habib said.

Mandela’s estate worth estimated R45 million – AFP

Nelson Mandela left portions of his roughly R45 million estate to his wife Graca Machel, family members, staff, schools and the ANC, according to a summary of his will released Monday.

Two months after the death of the 95-year-old South African statesman, lawyers said wife Graca was entitled to half the estate, but may opt to receive only specified assets, including four properties in Mozambique.

Royalties from his books and other projects, as well as his homes in Johannesburg, Qunu and Mthatha were left to a family trust.

The home in Houghton, Johannesburg where Mandela died on December 5 will be used by the family of his deceased son Makgatho.

“It is my wish that it should also serve as a place of gathering of the Mandela family in order to maintain its unity long after my death,” the former statesman wrote.

Mandela’s children each received R3.3 milllion in loans during his lifetime and will have that debt scrapped if it has not been repaid.

Mandela’s other bequeathments reflected a life in politics and championing education.

Mandela gave around R50 000 each to members of staff, including long-time personal aide Zelda la Grange.

The will also gave around R990 000 each to Wits and Fort Hare Universities, and the same amount to three other schools.

The African National Congress, which Mandela led to victory in the first democratic elections in 1994, will receive a portion of his royalties.

The will was first written in 2004 and last amended in 2008.

Even before his death, Mandela’s children and grandchildren frequently clashed over who leads the family and who should benefit from his investments

Executor Dikgang Moseneke, the deputy head of South Africa’s Constitutional Court, said the reading of the will to the family had been “charged with emotion” but no one had yet contested it.

Graca Machel may waive claim to estate – Reuters

Mandela’s third wife, Graca Machel, may waive her claims to the estate, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said at a news conference where he summarised parts of Mandela’s 40-page will.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has left his $4.1 million estate to family members, the ruling African National Congress, former staff and several local schools, according to a reading of his will on Monday.

Moseneke told reporters the division of the estate — provisionally valued at 46 million rand ($4.1 million) excluding royalties — had been accepted by Mandela’s family earlier on Monday with no contestation so far.

Moseneke said 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.

The reading of Mandela’s will was expected to set off another round of squabbling among members of his large and factious family over the anti-apartheid hero’s financial legacy.

Mandela, who died in December at the age of 95, left behind an estate that includes an upscale house in Johannesburg, a modest dwelling in his rural Eastern Cape home province and royalties from book sales, including his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom“.

More visibly, his legacy includes a potent political and moral brand that some of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren have already used to market everything from clothing to reality TV.

Some of his grandchildren have started a line of caps and sweatshirts that feature his image under the brand “Long Walk to Freedom“. Two of his US-based granddaughters starred in a reality television show called “Being Mandela“.

Such aggressive marketing — as well as reports of fighting among family members over Mandela’s money — have fuelled the impression in South Africa that some of the family members have exploited their famous relative.

R1.5m for NRM Family Trust- Sapa

The provisional assessment of former president Nelson Mandela’s estate was about R46-million, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said on Monday.

Mandela bequeathed R1.5 million to the NRM Family Trust, in his will that was read out in Johannesburg.

He also left royalties to the trust of which a percentage would be given to the African National Congress.

Mandela bequeathed R50,000 each to a number of personal staff, including Zelda la Grange, his former personal assistant.

Other beneficiaries listed in the will that was read by Moseneke included his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He also left money to a number of schools and organisations.

Wits University, Qunu Secondary School and Orlando West High School in Soweto bequeathed R100,000 from the anti-apartheid icon.

Mandela left personal staff R50 000 each – Sapa

Nelson Mandela has bequeathed R50 000 each to a number of personal staff, including Zelda la Grange, in his will that was read out in Johannesburg on Monday.

He also left money to a number of schools and organisations.

Other beneficiaries listed in the will that was read by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke included his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.-  Times Live

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