Winnie stands firm, vows to go back to court to stop Qunu meeting

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will again try to stop a planned family meeting via the courts after failing once.

FILE: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's lawyers say they plan to approach the courts again before the end of the week after she lost a court bid to halt a planned family meeting at the late former president's Qunu home on Friday which was called by Mandla Mandela.

Yesterday, the Eastern Cape High Court dismissed Madikizela-Mandela's urgent application to stop the gathering from going ahead.

The court struck the matter off the roll after it found she failed to include the executors of Nelson Mandela's will in the application which rendered it baseless.

Mandla says he's happy the meeting can go ahead.

Madikizela-Mandela says it's disrespectful to host the meeting at the Qunu home while a dispute over who owns it is underway.

She is challenging her late ex-husband's estate claiming the property was given to her while he was in prison.

Although there are allegations that there may be violence if the meeting goes ahead, Mandla Mandela is adamant that it should go ahead at the end of this week.