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What Mandela Wrote In His Will…ANC, Staff, Family On High Priority.


 

Late South African President, Nelson Mandela
By SaharaReporters, New York

Widespread international curiosity about the will of late former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela ended on Monday afternoon, when the document was read to members of the icon’s immediate family and was also made public.

As read by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Mandela willed his $4.1 million estate to family members, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), his former staff and a number of local schools.

His third and last wife whom he married on his 80th birthday in 1998, Graca Machel will have half the estate under South African marital law; and although she has yet to make a decision, she is entitled to relinquishing her claims in favour of specified assets, such as properties in Mozambique, her native country. She has 90 days to decide

A part of the estate would be split among The Mandela Trust, The Nelson Mandela Trust, and The NRM Family Trust. The NRM Family Trust, which was set up to cater to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren numbering more than 30, gets R1.5million.

Each of his children, as well as some of his grand-children, will receive $300,000; while his grand children — the ones sired by his late son Makgatho — have been willed the posh house in Johannesburg, where he has mostly lived since his release from prison in 1990.

Executed by Mandela on 12th October 2004 with a first Codicil on 7th September 2005 and a second on 9th September 2008, the will could see ANC receive a portion of his royalties from books and other commercial outlets produced with his name and image. Mandela’s staff — even up to his personal assistant of many decades, Zelda Le Grange — will get R50,000 each.

Mandela’s personal chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya could not contain her joy. “It really makes me happy”, she said. “I didn’t think Tata [a native term for father] was thinking of leaving something for me”.

Wits University, Qunu Secondary School and Orlando West High School in Soweto were bequeathed R100 000 each.

Although the revered statesman’s family is known to be notoriously discordant, Moseneke, after reading the will on Monday, denied potential uproar over the provisional R46,000,000 estate but admitted that the mood at the will-reading was charged with emotion.

“I am not aware of any contest of any type and the will has been duly lodged and accepted”, Moseneke said.

Also part of the estate are a high-class house in Houghton, a modest one in Qunu as well as royalties from the sale of books, such as his famous autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom”, which some of his grandchildren have begun exploiting with a line of caps and sweatshirts featuring his image under the brand book’s brands. Also two of his granddaughters based in the United States have already starred in Being Mandela, a reality television show.

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Mandela: Doctors Said ‘Turn Off Life Support’.


 

  • Mandela: Doctors Said 'Turn Off Life Support'View PhotoMandela: Doctors Said ‘Turn Off Life Support’

Doctors advised that Nelson Mandela’s life support should be turned off because he was in a ‘permanent vegetative state‘, court documents show.

The declaration from members of the former president’s family came as part of a family dispute over the graves of three of his children.

In documents dated June 26 they said: “He is in a permanent vegetative state and is assisted in breathing by a life support machine.

“The Mandela family have been advised by the medical practitioners that his life support machine should be switched off.

“Rather than prolonging his suffering, the Mandela family is exploring this option as a very real probability.”

The “certificate of urgency” document was obtained from a lawyer representing Mandela family members who had successfully sought a court order to return the children’s remains to the revered South African leader’s childhood home.

The legal battle was launched after Mr Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela had them moved from the family estate in Qunu to his own village 15 miles away.

The document was presented to South Africa’s Eastern Cape High Court as President Jacob Zuma reported that Mr Mandela’s health had faltered and cancelled a trip to Mozambique.

Since it was written, the South African government, family members and hospital visitors have reported that Mr Mandela’s condition has improved.

The following day Mr Zuma reported that Mr Mandela’s health had “improved during the course of the night”.

“He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night. The medical team continues to do a sterling job,” Mr Zuma said in a statement on June 27.

Since then the government has said Mr Mandela’s condition remains “critical but stable”, but has provided few details, citing patient confidentiality.

Lawyers for Mr Mandela’s relatives, family members themselves and government officials were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier, Mr Mandela’s wife said the former president is sometimes uncomfortable but seldom in pain while being treated in a hospital.

Graca Machel spoke about her husband’s condition at a fundraising drive for a children’s hospital that will be named after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader.

“Whatever is the outcome of his stay in hospital … he offered his nation an opportunity to be united under the banner of our flag, under the banner of our constitution,” she said.

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Doctors: Mandela in ‘Permanent Vegetative State’.


PRETORIA, South Africa —Doctors treating Nelson Mandela said that he was in a “permanent vegetative state” and advised his family to turn off his life support machine, according to court documents dated June 26, obtained by AFP Thursday.

“He is in a permanent vegetative state and is assisted in breathing by a life support machine,” said a legal filing related to a family dispute over reburying the remains of Mandela’s three children.

“The Mandela family have been advised by the medical practitioners that his life support machine should be switched off.”

During a nearly one month battle for his life in hospital,  Mandela has occasionally been uncomfortable but has not been in pain, his wife Graca Machel said Thursday.

“Now it is about 25 days we have been in hospital,” Machel said, giving thanks for the outpouring of well wishes from around the world for the Nobel peace laureate.

“Madiba sometimes has been uncomfortable, but he has never been in pain,” she said using Mandela’s clan name.

The former president, who turns 95 later this month, was rushed to hospital on June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

He has since been on life support, but during the last week his condition is said to have stabilized.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Machel, launching the latest in a series of events to mark Mandela’s life.

“The outpouring and humbling demonstrations of love, of care, of support, of hope are taken into our hearts every single day.”

“We thank you very deeply.”

Amid an increasingly bitter family feud — involving allegations of adultery, grave tampering and siblings born out of wedlock — Machel said Mandela’s example could serve as a beacon for unity for the country.

“While he lies in hospital, he offered an opportunity for all of us again to be united,” Machel said.

On Thursday, the exhumed remains of three of Nelson Mandela’s children at the center of the ugly family feud were due to undergo forensic tests before reburial Mandela’s childhood village.

In dramatic scenes that unfolded in front of the world’s media on Wednesday, a sheriff forced open the gates to the estate of Mandela’s grandson Mandla with a pickaxe to allow three hearses to enter the property, where the disputed remains were moved in 2011, allegedly without the family’s consent.

Mandela has expressed his wish to be buried at his rural homestead at Qunu, and his daughters wanted the children’s remains to be returned so they can be buried together.More than a dozen relatives of the revered leader, including Mandela’s wife, took Mandla to court over the dispute. The disputed remains are of Mandela’s eldest son Thembekile, who died in 1969, his nine-month-old infant Makaziwe, who died in 1948, and Mandla’s own father Makgatho, who died in 2005.

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South Africa: Nelson Mandela released from the hospital, will get more care at home.


JOHANNESBURG – Former South African President Nelson Mandela was released Wednesday from the hospital after being treated for a lung infection and having gallstones removed, a government spokesman said.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon will continue to receive medical care at home.

Mandela had been in the hospital since Dec. 8. In recent days, officials have said he was improving and in good spirits, but doctors have taken extraordinary care with his health because of his age.

Mandela was released Wednesday evening and will receive “home-based high care” at his residence in the Johannesburg neighbourhood of Houghton until he fully recovers, said presidential spokesmanMac Maharaj.

“We thank the public and the media for the good wishes and for according Madiba and the family the necessary privacy,” said Maharaj in a statement, using Mandela’s clan name, a term of affection. The statement requested that Mandela’s privacy continue to be respected “in order to allow for the best possible conditions for full recovery.”

David Phetoe, a resident of the Johannesburg township of Soweto, reacted with joy when he heard that Mandela was no longer in a hospital.

“It’s not always the case, when people offer great expectations, that those expectations are fulfilled,” he said. “In this case, we say in the same tone, in the Christmas mood and in the Christmas season, let him stick around for a while!”

Mandela is revered around the world as a symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation, his legacy forged in the fight against apartheid, the system of white minority rule that imprisoned him for 27 years.

The Nobel laureate served one five-year term as president after South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Although the country today struggles with poverty and inequality, Mandela is widely credited with helping to avert race-driven chaos as South Africa emerged from apartheid.

South African President Jacob Zuma was among those who joined Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, and other family members in wishing a Merry Christmas to Mandela at his hospital bedside in Pretoria, the South African capital.

“I think he is an icon of hope and we are very excited” that Mandela is out of the hospital, said Sipho Sibiko, a Soweto resident. “I personally know that he is one of the people that inspired me. He inspires a lot of people and we are excited that he has been released. We wish him many more joyous years and good health.”

Thomas Phakane contributed to this report.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press | Associated Press

South Africa: Nelson Mandela gets Christmas wishes.


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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African leader Nelson Mandela looks “much better” after medical treatment and doctors are pleased with his progress, President Jacob Zuma said after visiting the anti-apartheid icon in a hospital on Christmas Day.

Zuma joined Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, and other family members in wishing a Merry Christmas to Mandela at his bedside, according to the president’s office.

“We found him in good spirits,” Zuma said in a statement. “He shouted my clan name, Nxamalala, as I walked into the ward! He was happy to have visitors on this special day and is looking much better. The doctors are happy with the progress that he is making.”

Mandela was admitted Dec. 8 to a hospital in Pretoria, the South African capital. He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also had a procedure to remove gallstones. Officials have previously said Mandela was improving, but note doctors are taking extraordinary care because he is 94 years old.

Zuma said Mandela’s family appreciates the support it has received from the public.

“That is what keeps them going at this difficult time,” he said.

Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years under apartheid, the system of white minority rule that was eventually dismantled, opening the way to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Mandela, a Nobel laureate, served one five-year term as president before retiring.

He was brought to the Pretoria hospital from his home in Qunu, a rural village in Eastern Cape province where Mandela lived as a child.

In the Johannesburg township of Soweto, worshippers offered prayers for Mandela while attending Christmas Mass at Regina Mundi, a Catholic church that was a stronghold of anti-government sentiment during the apartheid years.

Some expressed disappointment that Mandela wasn’t well enough to return home for the holiday.

“We wish him a Merry Christmas,” Ivy Mncube said outside the church. “We wish him well for all the days that are left for him.”

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Associated Press

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