Man­dela’s daugh­ter speaks out on the fam­ily and his legacy

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - Hen­ri­ette.gelden­huys

NEL­SON Man­dela’s el­dest daugh­ter has de­nied that the fam­ily is scram­bling for the fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits of her fa­ther’s legacy.

“That is me­dia with an agenda,” Makaziwe Man­dela said in an in­ter­view with African af­fairs mag­a­zine, New African, in its July is­sue.

“Noth­ing can be fur­ther from the truth... There are those who are in­tent on a ‘ free- for- all’ ac­cess to his in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty for their own com­mer­cial gain.

“We have seen pur­vey­ors of his name, in many in­stances for gain, and have kept a dig­ni­fied si­lence as a fam­ily. But there comes a time when we, as a fam­ily, have to take a stand, oth­er­wise we are not Man­de­las,” she said.

Ear­lier this year, it was re­ported that Makaziwe Man­dela and Ze­nani Dlamini were su­ing their fa­ther for the rights to his art­works and con­trol of his mil­lions.

The Star re­ported that the sis­ters in­tended fight­ing an or­der, made by the high court in Jo­han­nes­burg in April 2004, which gave Nel­son Man­dela the right to in­struct Is­mail Ayob, his for­mer lawyer, to stop man­ag­ing his fi­nan­cial, per­sonal, and le­gal af­fairs.

The court or­der barred Ayob from sell­ing any of the for­mer pres­i­dent’s art­works. It was al­leged at the time that Ayob and art pub­lisher Ross Calder cashed in on re­pro­duced copies of Man­dela’s limited edi­tion, signed art­work.

The sis­ters’ law­suit was re­port­edly be­ing chal­lenged by Man­dela’s cur­rent lawyer Bally Chuene, who filed an af­fi­davit in mid-May.

In April this year the sis­ters, rep­re­sented by Ayob, launched a court case against sev­eral of Man­dela’s busi­ness as­so­ciates in a dis­pute over con­trol of two com­pa­nies.

In her in­ter­view with the mag­a­zine, Makaziwe Man­dela spoke about Man­dela’s legacy.

She said al­though peo­ple of­ten as­so­ci­ated her fa­ther’s legacy with for­give­ness and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion af­ter apartheid, they for­got about his pas­sion for the next gen­er­a­tion.

“Re­mem­ber, on re­tire­ment he set up the Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren’s Fund...

“He has stated that ed­u­ca­tion is the most pow­er­ful weapon you can use to change the world,” Makaziwe Man­dela said.

The anti-apartheid icon was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal on June 8 with a re­cur­ring lung in­fec­tion. Yes­ter­day was his 28th day in hos­pi­tal.

On Thurs­day, the Pres­i­dency said Man­dela was still in a crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion. – Sapa

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