Things are looking up for Nelson Mandela’s second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, after the Supreme Court of Appeal granted her special leave to appeal against the Mthatha High Court decision which declared her application for the former president’s Qunu home null and void.
Madikizela-Mandela launched her audacious application in 2014 a few months after Mandela was buried at Qunu, along the N2 between Mthatha and East London.
In the application, Madikizela-Mandela claimed the property belonged to her as she had acquired it while Mandela was still incarcerated on Robben Island.
Mandela had bequeathed the Qunu property to the Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Trust on behalf of his widow Graca Machel, her children and the rest of the Mandela family.
This did not sit well with Madikizela-Mandela as she claimed a few days after the ukukhululwa kwezila (end of the mourning period) ceremony that she was surprised Mandela had left her property to his third wife who had the “whole world” in Mozambique.
Customary law experts argued that Mandela should have built a separate house for his new wife as is the norm in the African culture.
Madikizela-Mandela’s lawyer, Mvuzo Notyesi, said his client Madikizela Mandela was ecstatic after the order.