On 11 February 1990‚ Nelson Mandela was released unconditionally from prison after serving jail time of 27 years, and on the same day in 2016, his grandson and political successor Mandla Mandela who is a member of parliament received a disturbing reaction from the public as he arrived at the State of the Nation Address.
He received a booing welcome and was jeered like a traitor and enemy of the people. This reaction from the public can be linked to Mandla Mandela’s weekend wedding to a Muslim woman.
Mandla Mandela did not only marry a Muslim but also converted to the religion as he wedded his wife the Islamic way.
During the week‚ the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South African (Contralesa) said that Mandla Mandela has to step down from his position as Mvezo chief following his wedding to a Muslim woman and his apparent conversion to Islam.
“It means now he is no longer a chief of AbaThembu in Mvezo (because)… the Mvezo people are not Muslims‚” Contralesa stated.
Meanwhile, Mandla Mandela did not arrive at the venue of SONA with his newest bride Rabia but with Swazi princess and third wife Nodiyala Mbali Makhathini. The Swazi princess was also his partner at 2015 SONA.
His wedding to the Swazi princess was terminated in court following an application from his estranged wife. However‚ the two are believed to have been living together in Mvezo.
For SONA last year, the couple adorned themselves with a monochrome black and white outfits and this year‚ they are spotted on the red carpet nicely dressed in matching orange and black attires.