Nelson Mandela Leaves $4.1 Million

Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero of South Africa who passed away in 2013, left behind an estate worth $4.1 million in his will for his entire family, colleagues, workers, educational institutions and the African National Congress (ANC).

Family executors say the estate worth $4.1 million will be split into three diverse trusts that were established by Mandela.  The family trust will acquire 1.5 million rands (the South African currency), which will be distributed among Mandela’s 30 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  The payments from Mandela’s book, his property and projects are left for his family trust.

According to Mandela’s will, the residence in Johannesburg is to be used for Mandela family gatherings and unification.  The public is concerned that Mandela’s wishes will cause tensions, as there have been conflicts in the past about who will become leader.  But Dikgang Moseneke, the deputy head of constitutional court of South Africa, says the Mandela family heard the will and showed no signs of disagreement.  Mandela’s grandchildren and children are entitled to $300,000 each.  Because he considered education so important, he left schools and educational organizations about $9,000.

Mandela wrote the will in 2004, and revised it in 2008.  His third wife, Graca Machel, is recipient of half of his estate although she is supposed to forfeit her rights to certain items within 90 days. Machel has yet to make her decision.

Additionally, Mandela left $4,500 for all of his assistants, including  Xoliswa Ndoyiya, his personal assistant.  About 10 to 30 percent of the estate is left for the African National Congress, of which the royalties must be used to advance Mandela’s goal on “policies and reconciliation for South Africa.” As Mandela considered education to be of supreme importance, and that he believed the disadvantaged had just as much right to education as anyone, he granted part of his estate to educational organizations.

The home in Johannesburg will be given to the family of Mandela’s deceased son.  This is the same home in Houghton, Johannesburg where Mandela wants his entire family to unite and congregate. The much-admired and revered leader left nothing for his second wife Winnie, who stood by him for 38 years during his years of struggle.  The couple divorced in 1996.

Mosenke, George Bizos and Themba Sangoni are responsible for executing Mandela’s will.  They all have an association with Mandela that dates back to the time when Mandela served 27 years in jail for his anti-apartheid efforts.

Mandela was a revolutionary, a great leader and the former President of South Africa. He was the first black president of his nation, serving as president of the African National Congress from 1994 to 1999. The nation of South Africa elected him in a democratic election for the office.  His efforts and battle against racism, inequality and poverty are widely known; he spent 27 years in jail, years of severe struggle.  He was a hero and a legend, and struggled to abolish racism and form multiracial parties and elections.  He is highly honored and recognized for his contributions. He leaves behind a legacy of $4.1 million.

By Iqra Amjad

The Irish Times

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