Mandela’s Qunu Home Doesn’t Belong To You, Court Tells Winnie


Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has lost an application case for the ownership of her husband’s Qunu home again.

This defeat is the second in three months; having lost same case in April.

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In April, the court failed to recognize her claim that former President Nelson Mandela did divorce her but customary law didn’t.

The judgement also dismissed her application for ownership of Mandela’s property, located 20km from Mthatha.

As culled from DailySun news, yesterday, Judge Ian van der Merwe, Judge President Mampuru Makgoba and Judge President Mmonoa Teffo stopped Winnie from marching to the Mthatha High Court to appeal the previous ruling.

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The judges maintained that Madikizela-Mandela failed to present to the court a valid reason why she opted to claim Mandela’s Qunu home after 17 years.

In addition, the bench doubted the possibility of the case thriving in another court since it lacks merit and substantiation.

Speaking afterwards, Winnie’s lawyer, Advocate Mvuzo Notyesi, expressed dismay at the court’s injunction; he however disclosed that they are left with one option – which is to lodge a complain at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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Winnie’s war for the Qunu property started two years ago after she claimed in an affidavit that she found out in 2014 that Mandela’s property was not left for her, though they formally got divorce in 1996.

To date, she still maintains that she’s fighting for her constitutional rights to the property as Mandela’s wife; as there was no dissolution to their traditional marriage.

The 79-year-old ANC veteran cum struggle icon has been away from South Africa’s political arena for a while due to unstable ill-­health. She was recently discharged from hospital after a recent back surgery.