Mur­der & his mil­lions

Al­bert’s left be­hind a for­tune of money, but who’ll get what?

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Mu­vhango

Af­ter al­bert (ndi­vhuho mut­sila) was ac­ci­den­tally shot dead at the mo­jalefa man­sion on mon­day 28 July, the for­mal­i­ties have been ob­served and the all-im­por­tant read­ing of his will hap­pens on Fri­day 15 au­gust. the muk­w­evhos are a (mostly) peace­ful fam­ily, but they’re not pleased that al­bert left most of his es­tate to his wife and kids – leav­ing the fam­ily with next to noth­ing.

FAM­ILY MAT­TERS

“what con­cerns the fam­ily most is that al­bert’s wife hang­wani (con­stance sibiya) is still young and can re­marry,” ex­plains david sebe, who plays al­bert’s brother Gizara. “when that hap­pens, all that their brother has worked for will fall into an­other man’s hands. there are vul­tures out there and if hang­wani falls for one, she’ll be left empty-handed and all of al­bert’s en­ergy will have gone to waste.” but why is Gizara adamant about the is­sue? not only were he and al­bert broth­ers, they were close friends as well. and al­though he wasn’t left much in his brother’s will, Gizara is “de­ter­mined to fight in his best in­ter­est to fill the void that al­bert left be­hind,” says david.

POWER PLAY

so what’s a man to do when he fears that his brother’s hard work will go to waste and his fam­ily will be left with noth­ing? cook up a plan to en­sure that noth­ing un­to­ward hap­pens to his late brother’s riches. “the fam­ily de­cides that they must con­trol hang­wani and en­sure that their cul­ture is hon­oured and their brother’s wife and kids are cared for.” in a per­fect world, hang­wani would gladly give away her in­her­i­tance and ad­here to what­ever the un­cles agree upon, but there’s the small is­sue of the law, david points out – and therein lies the con­flict. cul­ture and tra­di­tion come a sorry sec­ond to the law and if al­bert’s law­fully left sig­nif­i­cant amounts of his es­tate to his wife, there’s noth­ing that the fam­ily can do – re­gard­less of what tra­di­tion dic­tates. “what­ever you touch be­longs to the fam­ily,” david ex­plains, so the fight is far from over.

A QUES­TION OF CUL­TURE

ac­cord­ing to Venda cul­ture, if a per­son dies, the fam­ily must care for the fam­ily of the de­ceased to keep the wealth in the blood­line. with al­bert’s daugh­ter Ren­dani (in­no­cen­tia makapila), his son Gundo (nkululeko tshirum­bula) and their mom get­ting most of his es­tate, it may be a prob­lem keep­ing it in the fam­ily.

“al­bert gave hang­wani so much as he was blinded by love and didn’t con­sider tra­di­tion,” says david. “the fam­ily don’t even know her that well and have seen her very sel­dom, so it makes no sense for them to al­low her the luxury of be­ing in charge of his riches.” one thing’s for sure though: as much re­spect as hang­wani has for her late hus­band’s fam­ily and tra­di­tion, she won’t be bul­lied out of what’s right­fully hers: a ton of money.

gizara’s got a con­trol­ling hand over his dead brother’s wealth. Will Hang­wani be forced to fol­low tra­di­tion and lose out

on her late hubby’s cash?

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