Zindzi Mandela slams Winnie reports

Many South Africans have questioned why Madikizela-Mandela was left out of Madiba’s will.

FILE: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at Nelson Mandela's memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, 10 December 2013. Picture: Herman Verwey/Mandela Pool

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi on Wednesday broke her silence about her mother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela not receiving anything in his will.

An executive summary of the late statesman's last will and testament was revealed earlier this week in Johannesburg, showing his estate to be worth an estimated R46 million.

He provided generously for his family, the schools and universities he attended, his former employees and the political party he devoted his life to.

Madiba also left money to the families of both his ex-wives and widow, but didn't leave anything directly to Madikizela-Mandela.

South Africans have been taking to social media networks to question why Madikizela-Mandela was left out of Madiba's will.

Some coverage hinted at more sinister reasons.

But a tweet from Zindzi posted on Tuesday afternoon slammed such reports.

Media reports that my mother was left out of the will are mischievous and sensationalist.

Zindzi says Winnie did not attended the reading of the will because she didn't regard herself as a beneficiary.

She also didn't expect to be looked after following Mandela's passing.

Why would she expect to be maintained after his passing when she was never maintained during his life-time?

Zindzi says her mother will continue to mourn Madiba according to traditional protocols, "whilst holding Mama Gra├ža's hand throughout this difficult period."

Irrespective: no amount of speculation will define the love that is shared by our family even when we disagree on issues from time to time.