Mandela’s estate worth $4.13 million, will executor says

Nelson Mandela

Mandela bequeathed money to family, servants and schools

The late former South African president, Nelson Mandela, left behind an estate valued at more than $4.13 million (about N660.8 million), an official said in Johannesburg at the public reading of his will.

The official, Dikgang Moseneke, is the South African Deputy Chief Justice, and also the executor of the will.

He said, while reading the will at a media briefing on Monday, that Mr. Mandela’s estate included a two-storey house in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, where he died in December.

The will also included a modest home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, where Mr. Mandela was buried, and royalties from sales of his famous autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

Mr. Moseneke said Mandela left 5,000 rand (N73, 000) each to several of his personal staff members, including Zelda la Grange who nursed him for several years.

The official said he also left 100,000 rand (N1.5 million) to each of four other educational institutions for bursaries and scholarships.

These include the Wits University, where he was educated in the 1950s, as well as Qunu Secondary School and Orlando West High School in Soweto.

He said the family trust would receive 1.5 million rand (N22 million), plus royalties, while other beneficiaries listed in the will included his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mr. Moseneke said the African National Congress, ANC, would also receive some royalties.

“This is to be used at the discretion of the party’s executive committee, to spread information about the principles and policies of the ANC, and particularly about reconciliation,” he said.

Mr. Mandela died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95 and was buried 10 days later in his native Qunu.


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