Battle for Mandela's company continues

George Bizos says he will fight for his position as a director of a Madiba-owned company.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for prominent advocate George Bizos said on Thursday while they will fight for his position as director for a company belonging to Madiba, they refuse to debate the issue in the media.

Nelson Mandela's daughters Zenani and Makaziwe are trying to have Bizos, Tokyo Sexwale and lawyer Bally Chuene removed as directors of the company responsible for overseeing the sale of handprint artworks that support some of Madiba's legacy funds.

Mandela's former lawyer Ismail Ayob has called on Bizos to prove he is a legitimate director in the company.

Bizos' lawyer Michael Hart said he will fight Zenani and Makaziwe's application in court and that Ayob's attacks in the media were not professional.

"We intend to deal with the matter in the court and not through a debate in the media. I would like to stress this."

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

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

He accused Mandela's daughters Zenani and Makaziwe of wanting to lay their hands on the companies' money.

Meanwhile, the former President spent the weekend at home after being discharged from hospital.

The 94-year-old was admitted to an undisclosed Pretoria hospital with pneumonia nine days ago.

The Presidency said Madiba has been responding well to treatment and will continue to receive medical care at home.