Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is still married to Madiba!
Yes, you read right. ANC stalwart and member of the ANC's National Executive Committee, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has reportedly claimed in papers filed in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha that her divorce from former president Nelson Mandela was fraudulently obtained.
Madikizela-Mandela was left out of Mandela's will. Mandela died in December last year.
She was married to Mandela for 38 years, including 27 years during which he was imprisoned.
Apparently, she is claiming that their marriage certificate was also a fraud and is seeking to have the divorce order between her and Madiba reversed.
"The certificate is clearly a fraudulent document and is quite obvious that [during] the divorce hearing the court was misled and the divorce order was obtained through fraud or misrepresentation," she submitted in her affidavit, according to the Daily Dispatch.
Although Madikizela-Mandela and Mandela were still married at the time of his becoming president of South Africa in May 1994, the couple had separated two years earlier. Their divorce was finalised on 19 March 1996, though she continued to be a presence in Mandela's life in later years despite his remarriage to Graça Machel in 1998.
Madikizela-Mandela is claiming she was not in the country when the divorce was finalised, and only saw the divorce order for the first time in August this year!
She also pointed out inaccuracies in the marriage certificate which was issued by the then Republic of Transkei for the marriage in June 1958.
Madikizela-Mandela said the Transkei Republic did not exist in 1958 as "independence" was only granted in 1976. The signatures on the certificate did not belong to her or Mandela, she also alleges.
She says their marriage officer was Reverend Gamndana and not GGK Madikiza as stated on the certificate.
The marriage certificate further states that they were married in Bizana, and that community of property was excluded.
In her application, Madikizela-Mandela is challenging Mandela's estate, seeking the rights to his home in Qunu. Her lawyer, Mvuzo Notyesi , argues that abaThembu custom dictates that the rights to the property should go to Madikizela-Mandela and her descendants.
Meanwhile, the abaThembu Royal family maintains says Madikizela-Mandela has no right to claim anything from the estate of Mandela.
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