Winnie Madikizela-Mandela reportedly wants late former husband Nelson Mandelaa��s Qunu house.
The Abathembu monarch, King Buyelekhaya Dalindyeboa��s is apparently backing them and his right-hand man, Prince Phandulwazi Mhlontlo, said that Winnie and her lawyer, Mvuzo Notyesi, told the Abathembu leader they were basing the claim on customary law.
About two weeks ago, Notyesi wrote to the executor of Madibaa��s will, deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke to say that in terms of Thembu custom, Winnie and her kids, Zindzi and Zenani, should inherit the house.
Winnie, whose traditional Thembu name is Nobandla, was left nothing in Madibaa��s will, which was read out in February.
Mhlontlo said: a�?Western law may say mama Winnie has no rights but according to our custom, she is still a Thembu wife.
a�?Lobola was paid for her, regardless of whether she was divorced or not.a�?
He said that Winnie asked Dalindyebo in 1989, before he became king, for a stand in Qunu to build a house. Dalindyebo approached the regent king, who granted the land where the Qunu house is now built.
a�?Upon his release from prison in 1990, the late Madiba was shown the site, which he personally approved.
a�?Structures were built and the home became the house of Mr Nelson Mandela, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela and their children.
a�?Customarily, the property and the house became the house of mama Winnie as the second wife of the late Madiba,a�? the lawyer said in the letter.
In his will, Madiba said the NRM Family Trust should administer the house for the benefit of the Mandela family and it was to be used by his third wife Graca Machel and her kids, Josina and Malengane.
Madiba also said the house had to be used to preserve the unity of the Mandela family.
Winnie and Madiba divorced in March 1996. The settlement was never disclosed.A� a�� Daily Sun