The ex-wife of the late President Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is expected to fight tooth and nail with the executors of Mandela’s estate in the Mthatha High Court on Monday for ownership of Madiba’s home in Qunu in Eastern Vape Province.

Madikizela-Mandela’s legal team will table heads of arguments to a full bench of judges led by the Judge President of Limpopo Ephraim Mokgobo and two Judges from the North Gauteng High Court and KwaZulu-Natal.

The executors, including George Bizos, will be represented by Senior Counsels.

Madikizela-Mandela argues that under customary law marriage, she is the legitimate owner of Madiba’s Qunu home. But Madiba’s will allocated the house to his third wife, Graca Machel, to be used as a family home.

Madikizela-Mandela’s legal team says she is happy that the civil case will be heard by a full bench of judges from outside the province.

Traditionalists say that according to custom and tradition, when a man remarries he is forced to leave his former wife and the children on the property they owned together.

“This is so strange because when Madiba married Winnie he never took her to the house of the first wife, but to the house they owned together. It is so strange and unfortunate that Winnie is getting this treatment and being told that her house be controlled by a junior wife,” said Icamagu Institute’s Dr Nokuzola Mdende.

The matter has attracted a lot of public interest. Local and national journalists are expected flock to Mthatha to cover the story. One of the key witnesses in this civil case is convicted Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

He was part of the people who gave the site to the Mandela family. It is not clear now how the matter will continue with him being in prison.

Source: SABC