Winnie launches court order to halt Mandela royal meeting

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela claims Nelson Mandela’s property in the Eastern Cape belongs to her.

FILE: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s lawyer has confirmed she is trying to stop the late Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, from hosting a family meeting at the late statesman's Qunu home. Picture: Pool

JOHANNESBURG - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's lawyer has confirmed she is trying to stop the late Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, from hosting a family meeting at the late statesman's Qunu home.

Madikizela-Mandela is challenging the estate in the courts, and claims the property in the Eastern Cape belongs to her.

The meeting which is said to host the entire royal family AbaThembu nation and the AmaDlomo is due to discuss Madikizela-Mandela's claim on the property as well as Mandla's role as head of the family.

It's due to be held next Friday.

Madikizela-Mandela's lawyer Mvuzo Notyesi says arguments in the court matter will be heard in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha.

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 wanted the Qunu property to be used by his family in perpetuity in order to preserve its unity.

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.