Reports: Winnie challenges Madiba's estate

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has reportedly put in a claim for Nelson Mandela’s Qunu homestead.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is reportedly challenging former President Nelson Mandela's estate and has put in a claim for the global icon's Qunu homestead in the Eastern Cape.

Madiba passed away on 5 December last year and wrote in his will that the house should be left to his family members, to preserve the unity of the Mandela family.

However, the Daily Dispatch is reporting Madikizela-Mandela's lawyers reportedly sent the executors of his estate a letter on 18 July, citing her intention to claim ownership of the house.

The daily newspaper is reporting Madiba's ex-wife believes his Qunu home should be occupied by her because it was bought while she was still married to him.

Her lawyers have apparently claimed that according to abaThembu culture, her children and descendants are entitled to the home.

The claim also includes the Qunu farm.

Madikizela-Mandela's letter further claims she bought the house while Madiba was still in prison.

The letter goes on to say elders of the abaThembu family, including King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, will file court affidavits backing her claim.