MANDLA Mandela has 15 days to declare to the High Court whether or not he has sold the television rights to the funeral of his grandfather, former president Nelson Mandela.

HAPPY DAYS: Newly inaugurated Thembu chief Mandla Mandela kisses his wife Thando, while cousins Phiwo and Zine Mabunu look on


Though the former Mvezo chief has denied rumours that he sold the rights to the SABC for R3 million in 2009, his first wife, Thando Mabunu-Mandela, is sceptical and is demanding answers.

Mabunu-Mandela told the Dispatch in an exclusive interview yesterday that though she was entitled to half of the Mvezo chief’s cash, she would not accept any money made from Madiba’s imminent death.

She said her share – of what could amount to R1,5-million – will be donated to a charity to uphold the Mandela family name.

On Friday the Mthatha High Court granted an order compelling Mandela to declare all his financial interests – including the alleged SABC deal.

Not only would this finally clear up the controversy over whether or not Mandela went behind family members’ backs to sell the rights, it would also enable the court to equally divide the assets between the estranged couple.  Read more…