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‘Mandela family united, supportive through administration of estate’

Most of the assets from his estate will be transferred to trusts which will support the family for years.

Dikgang Moseneke.picture: AFP/Alexander Joe.

JOHANNESBURG - Co-executor of Nelson Mandela's estate, Dikgang Moseneke says despite media speculation there was no family feud or infighting among the family over the late statesman's will.

The former deputy chief justice and Advocate George Bizos announced today that they are in the final stages of the administration of Madiba's estate.

Moseneke says the family has only been united and supportive during the administration of Nelson Mandela's will - emphatically disputing media reports that suggested a family feud.

"The family was united, they gave us full support and something that was totally befitting the stature of Mr Mandela, the love they owed to him and the love he had for all of the family."

He says most of the assets from his estate will be transferred to trusts, which will support the family for years.

"I would like to just also take this time to lay to rest the suggestions that there is going to be big rancour and fight. For me personally, I have received nothing but continual support."

The retired chief justice singled out some members of the family, including Madiba's widow, Graca Machel, for their support while they located the former president's local and offshore assets.

A PORTION OF MANDELA'S ESTATE WILL AWAIT RESOLUTION OF QUNU MATTER

Moseneke says the former president's Qunu home and assets will not be included in the distribution of his assets until the dispute with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is resolved.

Moseneke says, in the interests of transparency, they handed over cheques to some of the beneficiaries.

"The deceased's home and the movable assets thereon, which include cattle and other farming implements, have been left out of the account."

Madikizela-Mandela has been fighting for the Qunu property after it was revealed that he left the home to his family trust.

Moseneke also says that the other movable and immovable assets will be transferred to Mandela's heirs, after the cash inheritance is paid out.

Among those who received cheques today are schools in Qunu and Orlando West, along with Fort Hare and Wits University, as well as Mandela's driver Michael Maponya.