Mandela family feud hit by another scandal

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was accused of forging a signature in an affidavit.

ANC stalwart Winnie-Madikizela Mandela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Accusations, contradictions and denials have characterised the latest spat affecting the Mandela clan.

The man whose signature was allegedly forged to bolster Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's court bid to stop a Mandela family meeting in Qunu, has now denied that his affidavit was forged.

The document in question is at the heart of the scandal.

It was submitted on behalf of Mandela family relative, Phumlani Ngcebetshana to the Mthatha High Court last week.

Ngcebetshana has set the record straight amid reports Madikizela-Mandela could face criminal charges for forgery.

"I think the bone of contention here is whether I did sign or my signature was forged, I'm saying my signature was not forged, I signed that affidavit."

But his assertion flies in the face of Madiba's grandson, Mandla Mandela's claim that Ngcebetshana did not sign the contentious document.

"Phumlani did give me a call to say that he has not written an affidavit nor signed an affidavit."

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

Her attempt was unsuccessf ul and the meeting went ahead.