Executors to challenge Winnie’s Qunu claim

ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's lawyers filed papers seeking rights to the property.

FILE: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's lawyers have filed papers in the Mthatha High Court seeking the rights to the property. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The executors of late former president Nelson Mandela's estate on Monday announced they would oppose his ex-wife's attempts to lay claim to his Qunu home.

African National Congress veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's lawyers filed papers in the Mthatha High Court seeking rights to the property.

According to Mandela's will, his homes in Qunu and Houghton in Johannesburg, would be held in the Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Family Trust and the Nelson Mandela Trust.

Mandela died in December last year.

One of the executors of Madiba's estate, Dikgang Moseneke, says Madikizela-Mandela's court bid seeks to undermine or alter the former president's last will and testament.

Moseneke says the executors are "obliged to defend the validity of the will" and Mandela's wishes.

He says attorneys have been instructed to oppose the claim in court.

Mandela's ex-wife believes the house belongs to her.

She was recently quoted as saying Mandela should never have given the property to his third wife as she owns the "whole world in Mozambique".

In his last will and testament, Mandela said he wanted his wife to have half of his belongings, but she then waived her rights to those assets.

Madikizela-Mandela previously said she should have Madiba's home in Qunu because the cattle on the property were being left to starve.