Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie, loses inheritance bid

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has lost her legal bid for ownership of the former president’s rural home in South Africa.

A High Court dismissed Madikizela-Mandela’s application and ordered her to pay all legal costs.
She argued that the house in Qunu village belonged to her under customary law.

Mr. Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, bequeathed the property to his family when he died in 2013 aged 95.

The government opposed Madikizela-Mandela’s bid to inherit the home after she launched court action in 2014.

Mr. Mandela divorced Madikizela-Mandela in 1996 after a 38-year marriage, and left her out of his will.

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