Bizos to fight Mandela's daughters

Advocate George Bizos said the former president personally asked him to be part of the board.

Struggle stalwart George Bizos spoke at the launch of the George Bizos Marathon at Saheti school in Johannesburg on 28 July, 2012. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Advocate George Bizos on Thursday said he would fight to stay on as a director for the company overseeing Nelson Mandela's legacy funds because he wants to keep his promise to the former president.

Lawyers have confirmed that Madiba's daughters, Zenani and Makaziwe, were trying to remove Bizos, politician Tokyo Sexwale and lawyer Bally Chuene as directors of the company.

Mandela's former lawyer Ismail Iyob called on Bizos to prove he was a legitimate director at a company responsible for selling hand-printed artworks to support Madiba's legacy funds.

Bizos told Eyewitness News the former president personally asked him to be part of the board.

He said he would not respond to claims that he was staying on as director so that he could control the company's significant funds.

Lawyer Michael Hart said Bizos would fight the application in court.

"We intend to deal with the matter in court."

Meanwhile, Mandela's grandson Mandla distanced himself from claims that he supports Zenani and Makaziwe in their court application.

Mandela was discharged from hospital over the weekend.

He was treated for a reoccurring lung infection and pneumonia.