Man in Madikizela-Mandela fraud scandal sets record straight

Phumlani Ngcebetshana says he was shocked by reports alleging the affidavit was forged.

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

CAPE TOWN - The man at the centre of a forgery scandal involving Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has moved to set the record straight.

According to weekend reports, Madikizela-Mandela could face civil and criminal charges if an affidavit her legal team submitted turns out to be false.

The document in question was submitted on behalf of Mandela family relative, Phumlani Ngcebetshana, to the Mthatha High court last week.

Today, however, Ngcebetshana says the forgery allegation is not true.

He says he was shocked by reports alleging the affidavit was forged.

"I know the affidavit that was submitted in that court and I confirm that I signed that affidavit."

The document formed part of court papers in Madikizela-Mandela's fight to stop a Mandela family meeting from taking place in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 16 January.

Ngcebetshana's bid to set the record straight contradicts Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela's version of what happened.

Madikizela-Mandela was last week 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.

At the same time, the king of the abaThembu nation, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, snubbed the royal meeting.

It was expected that all role players would take part the meeting.

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