National 23.8.2016 10:23 am

Winnie takes fight for Mandela Qunu home to SCA

FILE PICTURE: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in tears after viewing the body of her ex-husband, former President Nelson Mandela lying in state at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union buildings in Pretoria. 11/12/2013. Picture: GCIS.

FILE PICTURE: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in tears after viewing the body of her ex-husband, former President Nelson Mandela lying in state at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union buildings in Pretoria. 11/12/2013. Picture: GCIS.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s lawyers filed a petition to the appeals court on Friday in Bloemfontein.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is reportedly taking her fight for the Qunu homestead of her ex-husband, late former President Nelson Mandela, to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

The Daily Dispatch reports that the struggle stalwart’s lawyers filed a petition to the appeals court on Friday in Bloemfontein. This is against the Mthatha High Court’s decision to dismiss her previous legal efforts to acquire the property, which the global icon bequeathed for the benefit of his family‚ including his third wife Graca Machel and her children to the Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela Family Trust.

Attorney Mvuzo Notyesi‚ was quoted by the paper saying they will challenge the high court’s ruling based on customary law.

“Mrs Mandela was once married to the late president Mandela in terms of customary law, and they acquired a property in customary land – that is an African land … so that land must devolve according to the law of the African people. That’s all our case is,’’ he said.

He also said they would approach the Constitutional Court to seek clarity on the matter should their SCA bid fail.

 

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