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'Bizos hijacked Mandela's company'

Madiba's former lawyer Ismail Ayob wants George Bizos to prove he is a director of Mandela's company.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is pictured reading a book by Debbie Yazbek/Nelson Mandela Foundation/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela's former lawyer has called on advocate George Bizos to prove he is a legitimate director in a company that is responsible for selling handprint artworks to support Mandela's legacy funds.

The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday that Zenani and Makaziwe mandela were trying to remove Bizos, politician Tokyo Sexwale and lawyer Bally Chuene as directors of the company.

But Ayob, who also holds the rights to sell the pieces, has maintained that Bizos has hijacked the company that is responsible for selling them.

Ayob says that once Bizos proves his position as a legitimate director, the issue will be resolved.

Bizos hit back on Thursday, allegedly saying Zenani and Makaziwe's court application was little more than an attempt to resuscitate interest in the handprint art works

The senior advocate said attempts by Nelson Mandela's daughters to remove him as a director of two of Mandela's companies was all part of a money making scheme.

But, the daughters insist the three were never officially appointed by the former President as directors of the company.

Bizos told The Star newspaper that Zenani and Makaziwe's court application was little more than an attempt to resuscitate interest in the handprint art works.

Meanwhile, Madiba's son Mandla Mandela has distanced himself from claims that he is supporting Zenani and Makaziwe in their court application.

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