His personal staff, political home and various institutions of learning – all were remembered in the will of South Africa’s international icon, former President Nelson Mandela.
The executors of Madiba’s estate revealed the contents of this final will and testament to his family at the the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s offices Johannesburg.
Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who first met Madiba on Robben Island in 1963, Madiba’s long time friend advocate George Bizos and Eastern Cape Judge President Themba Sangoni, who worked on Madiba’s legal matters, were named as executors of the will.
Reading the will, Moseneke said R 46 million was the estimated provisional value of Mandela’s assets.
In his will, Mandela bestowed to various staff members, including his former PA Zelda le Grange and his personal chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya, among other employees. He left them R 50 000 each.
The former statesman, who valued education, bequeathed sums of R100 000 to schools and institutions he attended, including the University of Fort Hare, Wits University, Qunu Secondary School and Orlando West High School.
In the will, Mandela stipulated that these institutions and schools should use the money towards bursaries.
Mandela bequeathed R1.5 million to the Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Family Trust. A minimum of 10% and maximum of 30% of the royalties of the trust will go to the African National Congress.
Mandela also made provision for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Moseneke said the reading of the will went well, and that he was not aware of any contestation in terms of the will, which Mandela made on 12 October 2004 with codicils in 2005 and 2008.
“Like in any family, reading a will is always charged with emotion, but it went well,” said Moseneke.
The iconic leader died on December 5 last year at the age of 95 after a long stay in hospital.
He had been suffering from recurring lung infections over the past few years.