As if former President Nelson Mandela’s health problems are not troublesome enough on their own, his daughters have decided to turn up the heat in the on-going legal battle to assume ownership of his assets. Zenani and Makaziwe Mandela are seemingly not moved by their father’s deteriorating state of health. Media reports say that they are now effectively suing Madiba for ownership of his assets while he is still alive.
On Saturday, The Public News Hub reported that Bally Chuene had submitted a response to the claims of financial mismanagement and misconduct made by the Mandela children. On Monday, Zenani and Makaziwe retaliated with a lawsuit.
Nelson Mandela is said to be very disappointed with his daughters’ obvious disregard for his wishes. According to the Guardian, Mandela’s daughters are not the only ones who are intent on securing a share of the former statesman’s large estate. Some members of the Mandela family have been accused of relying on the family name to get ahead in their business ventures. When questioned about the day to day activities of the company Mandela 95th Birthday, Madiba’s grandson Zondwa Gaddafi Mandela asked the media to direct all questions to him via email. He is yet to respond.
Bally Chuene, Nelson Mandela’s lawyer, confirmed that Mandela did not even know how his daughters had managed to add their names onto the Mandela Trust deed. When Mandela found out about his daughters’ partnership with Ismal Ayob, he was infuriated because he had dismissed Ayob. At a meeting that was held at the Mandela residence in Johannesburg a few years ago, with his lawyer and his wife Graca Machel present, Mandela demanded that his daughters resign their self-appointed trusteeships.
The public is outraged by the treatment of the former president by his family especially now that he is frail and does not have the energy for the drama that is unfolding around him. The monetary value of Mandela’s wealth is not known but there has been speculation that it is somewhere in the region of R 150 million.