Mandla’s fam­ily blessed with new girl and boy

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One Man­dela fam­ily mem­ber who will not be at the Global Cit­i­zen con­cert to­day is Mandla Man­dela, whose fourth wife, Nosekeni Rabia Man­dela, gave birth to twins in Cape Town on Fri­day.

Mandla’s mother, No­lusapho, told City Press from Cape Town that the en­tire fam­ily was thrilled and “feel­ing blessed” with the new ar­rivals, a girl and a boy.

“We are over­joyed. We are very ex­cited. We are grate­ful that we con­cluded the cen­te­nary of uTata on such a high note. We have marked the 100-year an­niver­sary of Madiba in style and we are re­ally, re­ally happy,” she said.

The fact that the twins were born the week be­fore the fifth an­niver­sary of Man­dela’s death proved “things were re­ally look­ing up”.

“Things are bright and we are ex­cited as a fam­ily. We are re­ally blessed.” She said that the twins had not yet been named.

In a state­ment re­leased on Fri­day af­ter­noon, Mandla gushed: “What are lit­tle boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails. That’s what lit­tle boys are made of. What are lit­tle girls made of? Sugar and spice and all things nice. That’s what lit­tle girls are made of.

“We are over­joyed to­day to wel­come our new bun­dles of joy.”

Man­dela added that his and Rabia’s el­dest son, Mnt­wa­nenkosi Man­dela Ikraam Man­dela, was now a big brother, and that Mvezo Komkhulu was “about to hear the pit­ter-pat­ter of lit­tle feet again. Our fam­ily is grow­ing by 20 more fin­gers and 20 more toes.”

In Oc­to­ber last year dur­ing the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions of Oliver Tambo in Mbizana, Mandla proudly showed off his el­dest son in pub­lic for the first time.

“We all came out as the royal fam­ily. Be­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of this royal fam­ily, he could not miss such an oc­ca­sion. These are the lega­cies and sto­ries that should be en­trenched in his mem­ory, that he was part of such a chap­ter in life,” he said.

News of Rabia’s preg­nancy be­gan spread­ing dur­ing Madiba’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions in Mvezo in July.

Nkosi Than­dux­olo Mti­rara, spokesper­son of the Ngan­ge­lizwe royal fam­ily, said: “We are very happy as the royal fam­ily. We are even more happy that the fam­ily is ex­pand­ing af­ter they were blessed with the first child and now the twins. We are truly happy and grate­ful be­cause chil­dren bring joy and hap­pi­ness to our lives.

“The grand­son of the house of Ngan­ge­lizwe is blessed and there­fore we say con­grat­u­la­tions to him and his fam­ily.”

PHOTO: LUBABALO NGCUKANA

FAM­ILY TIES Mandla Man­dela and his wife, Nosekeni Rabia, with their son Mnt­wa­nenkosi Man­dela Ikraam Man­dela in Mvezo in July

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