Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, is facing assault charges and his actions are currently proving the common phrase “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” to be somewhat incorrect. The Sunday Times has reported that Mandela is being charged with the alleged assault of an Eastern Cape teacher, amid other court cases that Mandela is pleading ignorance about.
Luxolo Tyali, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, has confirmed that Mandela is being charged by the NPA with pointing a firearm and with assault. The spokesman has been quoted in an affirmative statement that Mandela has been sent a summons that requires him to be at the Mthatha Regional court on the 6th of December.
The teacher, Mlami Ngudle, allegedly drove his vehicle into the rear of one being driven by a guest of Mandela. Mandela was not in this vehicle, but he was in another vehicle close at hand. Mandela then allegedly threatened the teacher by aiming a gun at Ngundle. The Times has reported that shortly after the incident, Ngudle was rushed to the hospital as emergency surgery was needed in order to remove a blood clot from his brain.
These court cases Mandela is involved in are bound to be a media target since he carries the family name and he will be scrutinized by the South African public, especially since he is showing the public he is falling far from the noble Mandela family tree.
The City Press has reported that in the meantime Mandela has other court issues to face. Tando Mabunu-Mandela, his estranged first spouse, has presented another court case for the hero’s grandson. The first wife is demanding that Mandela annuls his marriage with his third wife and the two were in court on Tuesday. The case has since been postponed although the ruling orders Mandela to pay costs incurred to his first wife.
Friday saw the Mandela’s legal team back in court- but for a different case yet again. In an urgent bid to halt his 50 cattle going under the auction hammer in Mvezo, Mandela’s lawyers were applying for an interdict to prevent this. This is despite Mandela failing to pay his legal fees of up to R500, 000.
According to newspaper reports, the law firm requested that Mandela pay his dues that have racked up to a steady R467, 400- and that is excluding the 15 percent interest. This information was allegedly obtained from a Western Cape High Court order against Mandela.
The legal team’s efforts on Friday proved fruitless as the application was not accepted as “urgent” and the cows were set to go on sale at the auction. Mandela, however, appeared to have the odds in his favor since no one even pitched to purchase the cattle. The authorities then abandoned the auction.
Mandela and his latest lawyer, Arnold Immerman, were glad for the abandoned auction since it would provide them with more time to prevent any further sales of his assets.
Mandela however, is pleading ignorance. Despite the NPA’s spokesman having been quoted on the confirmation that a summons has been sent, Mandela said, “I have not received any summons calling for me to go to court. As for the auctions, I have no idea. I don’t even attend auctions.”
Nelson Mandela’s grandson is currently proving that the apple does sometimes fall far from the family tree and the family name, the legacy of Mandela, is in a string of court cases that the grandson has so far offered little to no clarity on.
By: Jessica Rosslee