'High Police Visibility' As Mandela Family Meets in Qunu

JANUARY 16, 2015

There is “high police visibility” outside former President Nelson Mandela’s home in Qunu where members of several clans and the AmaDlomo clan have begun a royal meeting to discuss issues in the Mandela family, according to reports.

The meeting, which was scheduled for 10am on Friday, comes after a dramatic week which saw Mandela’s grandson, Chief Mandla Mandela, and the AbaThembu royal family surviving a legal challenge by Madiba's former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Madikizela-Mandela had asked the Umthatha High Court to stop the meeting as she is contesting Madiba’s ownership of the Qunu property. The court dismissed her challenge with costs on Tuesday.

Her lawyer indicated that there was a chance of blows flying at the meeting. However, AbaThembu royal family spokesperson Chief Daludumo Mtirara vowed that they will not tolerate any form of intimidation at the meeting.

“We will not welcome any action that is related to disruption or any form of violence. We want the members of the houses [to behave accordingly], and those members will be part of the Mandela family that will be deliberating on very key points today [Friday],” explains Mtirara.

Clarifying leadership

The meeting is expected to clarify who should be the head of the Mandela family.

Members from Mtirara, Mnqanqeni, Joyi, Matanzima clans are expected to discuss sensitive issues that include the clarifying of the role of Mandla Mandela as the chief of the Mandela’s and Nkosikazi Nosizwe Graca Machel - Mandela as the head of the family and other issues in the Mandela family.

While the AbaThembu King, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, and some chiefs confirmed that they are not attending the meeting, several clan leaders, including Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, were seen arriving for the meeting in the morning.

Photo caption: A police inyala parked outside Nelson Mandela's home in Qunu. Image by @Abongilem for Daily Dispatch.

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