Court slaps garnishee order on Mandla’s parliamentary pay

Kathryn Kimberley

PARLIAMENT will have to play nanny with Mandla Mandela’s salary to ensure his estranged first wife receives her monthly allowance.

Mandela, the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, is an ANC member of parliament.

For the past year, he has ignored a court order instructing him to pay Tando Mabunu-Mandela maintenance of R12500 a month. The order was handed down in May last year.

As a result, Mabunu-Mandela has had to approach the court every three months to fight for her money

A writ would then be issued and Mandela’s goods attached so that she could be paid for the three months.

The two are in the process of a divorce.

Yesterday, the maintenance section of the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court placed a garnishee order on Mandela’s parliamentary salary.

He was not present in court.

This means Mandela’s bosses will now have to deduct the R12500 before paying his salary.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luxolo Tyali confirmed the money would be deducted from Mandela’s salary.

Mabunu-Mandela had laid a criminal complaint at the Bityi police station last month alleging that her husband had once again failed to pay up. But this time the sheriff was unable to attach his goods.

Mandela’s bank accounts had allegedly been emptied and the sheriff no longer had access to his funds.

Mandela suffered a second blow yesterday when the court issued a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court.

He is out of the country and was reportedly in China where he was a judge for the Miss World pageant at the weekend. It is not clear when he will return home.

But the maintenance investigator appointed to the case said Mandela had been informed a month ago that he had to appear in court for failing to pay maintenance.

In an affidavit before the court, Agrippa Gameni Mvelase said Mandela had refused to accept the summons when Justice Department officials tracked him down last month.

Mvelase said he was forced to give a copy of the summons to someone he presumed to be a family member.

“I told the man it is important that the respondent [Mandela] appear in court on the date in question.”

He said he had visited the home of the Sigcawu royal family at the Mbashe Royal House near Dutywa on July 10, where Mandela was visiting.

“We were not allowed in as the president was there,” he said.

Mvelase waited at the gate and approached Mandela as he was leaving.

“I … introduced myself to him. I told him I have a summons in a criminal case for him.”

But Mandela allegedly refused to accept the summons and Mvelase was forced to hand it to another man at the royal homestead.

Tyali confirmed yesterday that due to speculation regarding the family link between Mandela and the prosecuting advocate appointed to the case, another prosecutor – T Katelo – had been appointed to handle the matter.

“We had originally felt that Advocate [Nolita] Madiba, who is the senior public prosecutor [SPP] for maintenance, would be better equipped to handle the matter due to her vast experience.

“But she said if it was going to cause an upset with the public because of her clan name, the case would be given to Mrs Katelo.

“As the SPP, she is still in charge of cases in her court, but Katelo will be the prosecutor on record,” Tyali said.

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