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Court to hear Winnie’s bid to halt royal meeting

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela filed an opposing affidavit to stop a gathering organised by Mandla Mandela.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Eastern Cape High Court is expected to hear arguments today regarding an application by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to stop a planned family meeting at former president Nelson Mandela's Qunu home.

Madikizela-Mandela filed an opposing affidavit yesterday to stop the Friday gathering organised by Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela.

She has challenged her late ex-husband's estate, claiming the property was given to her when he was imprisoned.

Madikizela-Mandela may know by the end of today whether her bid to stop the meeting called by Mandla has been successful.

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

Madikizela-Mandela says the meeting should not be held in Qunu as it's disrespectful to do so without her blessing.

Mandla has confirmed that he has been served with court papers but has refused to comment.

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 Graca Machel 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.