Mvezo vil­lagers need In­sta­gram

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While vil­lagers of Mvezo cel­e­brated the news that their chief, Mandla Man­dela, and his fourth wife, Rabia Clarke, are ex­pect­ing a baby, there was a sub­tle al­lu­sion that the royal fam­ily had kept them in the dark.

This comes af­ter the Mvezo chief and el­dest grand­son of for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela an­nounced the news of his wife’s preg­nancy on so­cial me­dia early this week, post­ing pic­tures of two pos­i­tive home preg­nancy tests and his vis­i­bly preg­nant wife.

On Thurs­day, Man­dela – who is usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied by his third wife, Mbalenhle Makhathini (Nkosikazi Nodiyala) to state of the na­tion ad­dresses – walked the red car­pet out­side Par­lia­ment with his preg­nant wife Rabia, pos­ing for pho­to­graphs and sport­ing beam­ing smiles.

But back in Mvezo, there was lit­tle known about the royal cou­ple’s bun­dle of joy when City Press ap­proached sev­eral res­i­dents for re­ac­tion.

Named Nkosikazi Nosekeni, af­ter Madiba’s mother, vil­lagers de­scribed Rabia as a gen­er­ous per­son.

“The last time she was here she gave our chil­dren san­i­tary tow­els … we could not af­ford them. She has such a big heart,” one vil­lager said. “I am glad that she re­ceived such a bless­ing. The chief has not for­mally an­nounced the news to the na­tion. Maybe once the child is born, he will in­tro­duce him or her at the Great Place [palace]. I am sure it would be fol­lowed by a feast,” said an­other woman who wished to re­main anony­mous.

In her bid to stop Man­dela from mar­ry­ing third wife Nodiyala, his es­tranged first wife, Thando MabunuMan­dela, told the Mthatha High Court in 2012 that Man­dela had “fer­til­ity is­sues, which ren­der him in­ca­pable of pro­duc­ing an heir through nat­u­ral con­cep­tion”.

His sec­ond wife, Anais Gri­maud, cheated on him with his younger brother, Mbuso, who fa­thered a child with the French­s­peak­ing beauty from Re­u­nion Is­land. Af­ter the en­su­ing fall­out, Gri­maud re­turned to Re­u­nion.

Mandla Man­dela and wife Rabia

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