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Tata wanted Houghton to unite family

Nelson Mandela’s will showed his desire for his Houghton home to preserve the unity of his family.

Nelson Mandela’s will showed his desire for his Houghton home to preserve the unity of his family.

JOHANNESBURG - It's emerged that Nelson Mandela wanted his Houghton home and some of his other properties to serve as a gathering place to keep his family united.

The contents of the former president's will were revealed at a briefing on Monday.

His estate is estimated to be worth around R46-million excluding three family trusts and royalties associated with his name.

It remains to be seen whether his children and grandchildren, some of whom have been embroiled in feuds, and a court battle over inheritance, will contest any part of the will.

Madiba's wife Graca Machel has three months to decide whether she will claim half of his estate or take only what has been allocated to her and her children.

Mandela also left money to his former schools and universities, nine employees, and the African National Congress which will receive a portion of his royalties.

The ruling party says it's humbled by the donation.

To download Madiba's full will, click here.