Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, filed a claim against his estate seeking control of his ancestral home for her daughters. Mandela divorced Winnie in 1996 after he charged that she had been unfaithful to him during his 27 year imprisonment. Mandela’s will left the ancestral home to his 3rd wife who later waived her right to half of his estate in exchange for properties in her native Mozambique. Mandela’s grandson later ordered the exhumation of the bodies of 3 of Mandela’s children from the ancestral home, but Mandela’s daughter had the bodies re-interred at the disputed home.
Several points, if I must:
1. It is odd that an elderly mother would be the one to file a claim on behalf of her middle aged daughters. Adolescence is seemingly prolonged every year.
2. If the South African court system moves at the same pace as it did for the Oscar Pistorius trial, Winnie and the third wife will die before there is a resolution.
3. Whoever can convince the various members and factions of the Mandela family to have a group hug deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.