AbaThembu king snubs royal Mandela meeting

The king’s spokesperson said he could not be part of the meeting as the family is divided.

FILE: AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo. Picture: xhosaculture.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The king of the abaThembu nation, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, has snubbed today's royal meeting hosted by Mandla Mandela at Nelson Mandela's Qunu home.

Earlier this week, Madiba's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was unsuccessful when applying for a court interdict to stop the meeting.

She argued that the house was left to her when Madiba was imprisoned.

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

It was expected that all role players would take part in today's meeting.

The abaThembu king's spokesperson, Mfundi Mtirara, says the king could not be part of the meeting as the family is divided.

Meanwhile, Mandla Mandela has confirmed the meeting has taken place, but was unable to comment on what was discussed.

However, reports say the agenda of the meeting included clarifying his role as the chief of the clan and Madikizela-Mandela's claim to the Qunu 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 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.