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Madiba's lawyers to oppose Winnie's court challenge

Winnie's attorneys are challenging Mandela's will in the Mthatha High Court.

FILE: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela's advocate and one of the executors of his estate, Advocate George Bizos, says they will oppose any attempt by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to challenge the former president's will in court.

Yesterday the late presidents' former wife lodged legal papers in the Mthatha High Court, claiming that she had acquired the Qunu property used by the family, and thus the executors had no authority over it.

Madikzela-Mandela was ignored in Madiba's wil l, as he gave the property to a trust to be used for his family.

Bizos says at this point they haven't been formally told of this action

"We have not received any papers nor have we been notified by anyone."

But he says, he knows what they will do, if the papers come.

"If such papers have been filled we will oppose the action."

Bizos says it's disappointing that this issue has to go to court.

Madikizela-Mandela's lawyers confirmed they've lodged the legal papers, challenging whether the executors of Mandela's estate have the authority to dispose of the property.

They say it was actually acquired by Madikizela-Mandela, and thus shouldn't have been included in the will.

"I can't stop people from taking advice from others, even if I think that its incorrect advice. My feelings don't have to play any part. We will do our duty," said Bizos.

Madikizela Mandela has also named President Jacob Zuma and Land Affairs Minister Gugile Nkwinti as respondents in her claim.