A total of R22 million have been distributed to 40 beneficiaries as executors of Nelson Mandela’s estate.
The beneficiaries include his long-time driver, Michael Maponya, his personal assistant, Zelda la Grange and grandchildren, three members of his staff at his private home, as well as all staff of the University of Fort Hare, Qunu Primary School, his first school, and Orlando West High School in Soweto, in the township where he once lived.
Speaking on Friday morning at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, north of Johannesburg, retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and advocate George Bizos expressed happiness that they have finally acted in accordance with Mandela’s request.
“We have come to the end of our task, we have done as he asked. The will is insolvent,” Moseneke told reporters. He added that the process of identifying and collating Mandela’s local and offshore assets and liabilities were done in a public and honest manner.
“The accounts have been lying for inspection for the past 21 days. It was a very public process.”
Beneficiaries Of Mandela’s Estate
The event pulled the late struggle icon’s family as well as nine out of the forty recipients. The nine recipients received cash cheques from the executors’ attorney Metja Ledwaba while others who couldn’t make it requested to have theirs electronically transferred to them.
Maponya, 68, Mandela’s driver for 23 years received a cheque of 50,000 rand ($3,200).
Albert Ndlovu‚ who worked for Mandela as his gardener for 23 years‚ said the former statesman was more like a father. He promised to make good use of his money.
Albertina Dima, who worked for Mandela for 14 years as a housekeeper also expressed happiness for being remembered by the hero.
Addressing speculations that Mandela’s family have been at loggerheads over his property, Moseneke said, “Despite all the speculations… there was no fights within the family.
He thanked the family for their conduct despite their often strained relations.
The family was united, they gave us support. To me personally, I received nothing but support. Most of Mandela’s assets would be transferred to trusts which would look after the family,” he said.
We’ll recall that Mandela’s will was made public in February 2014. the will however showed that his widow, Graca Machel, received the bulk of Mandela’s estate.
Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
His government focused on pulling apart the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation.
He was an African nationalist and democratic socialist, who served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
Former president Nelson Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in the village of Mvezo, Transkei, on 18 July 1918. He died in 2013, on December 5.