Makaziwe to head Mandela family

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has announced that Mandela's daughter, Makaziwe, will now head the family.

Former president Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter Makaziwe Mandela arrives at her father's funeral in Qunu on 15 December. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has issued a statement saying in accordance with customary law and tradition, Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter, Makaziwe, will now head the family.

The statement comes amid reports of an ongoing feud between Makaziwe and Mandela's grandson, Mandla, over who should control Madiba's legacy and lead the family.

It's being claimed that both water and electricity was disconnected at Mandla's home in Qunu on the eve of Mandela's state funeral and that the locks were changed shortly after Makaziwe's arrived.

Mandla has accused his aunts of trying to gain control of his grandfather's estate.

Makaziwe is said to have overseen her father's funeral preparations while Mandla was the public face of the family, remaining with his grandfather's coffin in a solemn vigil throughout three days of lying in state.

Madikizela-Mandela has denied there has been a succession debate saying customary law dictates that Makaziwe should head the family while Mandla is respected as one of the grandchildren.