Winnie’s claim ‘confusing’
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Questions raised why ex-wife took so long over Qunu issue
EXECUTORS of the estate of former president Nelson Mandela have described Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s claim over his Qunu home as confusing and opportunistic.
They are demanding to know why Mandela’s ex-wife waited for the former statesman to die before making the claim, knowing that he would not be able to defend himself from beyond the grave. On Monday, Mandela’s lawyer and long-time friend, George Bizos, filed papers opposing MadikizelaMandela’s claim in the Mthatha High Court.
He filed on behalf of the three men Mandela entrusted with executing his will, namely Bizos, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Judge Themba Sangoni.
Madikizela-Mandela filed the claim after it emerged that the global icon had left her out of his will following his death in December 2013.
“The applicant opportunistically waited until the death of Mr Mandela to assert her claim on the Qunu property without any valid explanation why she could not have asserted it during his lifetime.
“The relief sought is diffuse and in some places confusing,” the executors say in the papers.