Shiceka’s mum evicted

No­mam­pondo Shiceka has lashed out at her for­mer daugh­ter-in-law for sell­ing her late son’s house

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The mother of the late cooperative gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs min­is­ter Sicelo Shiceka spent a freez­ing win­ter night on the streets on Monday after be­ing evicted from her son’s pala­tial home in Midrand.

The for­mer Cabi­net min­is­ter’s mother, No­mam­pondo Shiceka, was kicked out of her son’s home by a court sher­iff after his ex-wife and his chil­dren sold the house on auc­tion. The 84-year-old has been liv­ing in the plush Vorna Val­ley prop­erty in Midrand since the death of her son in April 2012.

A heart­bro­ken Shiceka told City Press on Thurs­day that no one had in­formed her that the house was on sale.

“Things were done be­hind my back yet my son clearly said I must look after his home be­fore his death,” Shiceka said.

Shiceka shared the Midrand house with one of the later min­is­ter’s 19 chil­dren, Luyanda. She ex­plained that on Monday she was wo­ken up by Luyanda telling her that a sher­iff was at the door with six men who were plan­ning to re­move them from the house.

“We were told to get out of the house as it now be­longed to an In­dian lady. They pushed us out of the house and threw out every­thing,” she said.

While they were try­ing to make sense of what was hap­pen­ing, two of Sicelo’s sons ar­rived in a car and took away some of the fur­ni­ture, in­clud­ing so­fas.

“When I asked why they were tak­ing the fur­ni­ture they told me it be­longed to their fa­ther and was by de­fault their pos­ses­sion now.

“Be­fore Sicelo died he had thrown them out of the house and told them to never re­turn to his home. And there they were on Monday to take what be­longs to a man who had dis­owned them,” she said.

Shiceka also blamed Sicelo’s es­tranged wife, Cleopa­tra Shiceka, for her trou­bles.

“MaDlamini’s [Cleopa­tra’s] lawyer, Mr Anderson, came ear­lier this month to tell me that she was in­tend­ing to sell the house to­gether with my el­dest two grand­sons and we would have to move out of the house.

“I didn’t know why my daugh­ter-in-law would kick us out of the house be­cause she and Sicelo were mar­ried out of com­mu­nity of prop­erty. She came from Swazi­land with no house and lived in a house that was al­ready there,” Shiceka said.

The el­derly woman slept in a car with Luyanda on Monday night, guard­ing what was left of the fur­ni­ture and other be­long­ings thrown out of the house.

“My son would have been very hurt by what hap­pened here,” she fumed.

Al­though Shiceka has found her­self on the re­ceiv­ing end of the le­gal process, she ad­mit­ted to City Press that she had her own home in her vil­lage of Ingquza Hill, near Flagstaff, Lusik­isiki, in the East­ern Cape.

Cleopa­tra de­nied any wrong­do­ing. She told City Press that she acted legally in dis­pos­ing of her late hus­band’s estate to ben­e­fit all 19 chil­dren Sicelo left be­hind and who are the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the late min­is­ter’s estate.

Cleopa­tra, a lawyer by pro­fes­sion, said Shiceka was not listed as a ben­e­fi­ciary in Sicelo’s estate.

She ques­tioned why the el­derly woman had been oc­cu­py­ing the Midrand house in the first place and not stay­ing in her home in the East­ern Cape, which she said the late min­is­ter spent a for­tune de­vel­op­ing for his mother but was now fall­ing apart be­cause it was stand­ing empty.

“I am not that type of per­son and they know it. So tell them [Shiceka’s fam­ily] if they want me to tell the world what they were do­ing to his kids then I will do that.”

“Sicelo’s chil­dren got his money be­cause they are his kids. There is a file at the Mas­ter’s Of­fice and there is a law that guides the estate of de­ceased peo­ple.”

“You don’t die and then [your estate] be­longs to peo­ple who are sit­ting in the house. There is a law that guides it. I am a lawyer and I would never ever steal any­one’s money. I live in my own house, I work for my­self and I buried my hus­band with dig­nity,” Cleopa­tra said em­phat­i­cally.

“If any­body puts my name into dis­re­pute about this please know that I would sue them. There is a Mas­ter’s Of­fice, you can go there and have a look at the file,” Cleopa­tra in­sisted, adding that all 19 chil­dren had re­ceived an equal share of the pro­ceeds.

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PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

FUM­ING Sicelo Shiceka’s mother, No­mam­pondo Shiceka, was left out in the cold after be­ing kicked out of her late son’s house

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