Ndaba Mandela couldn’t care less about the chieftaincy
Madiba’s second-eldest grandson, Ndaba Mandela, has no interest in becoming chief of Mvezo – but insists his older brother, Mandla, is not fit for the position.
In an interview this week, Ndaba responded to the announcement by abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo that he intended to remove Mandla as chief and that it was his view Ndaba should take over as the legitimate heir and chief of the Mandelas.
Ndaba said he was flattered, but “my place and my heart are in Qunu.
I respect the king’s decision, but my work is in Qunu and I have no interest in being the chief of Mvezo.”
Ndaba denied that he alleged Mandla was illegitimate because his mother was not married to their father.
“I never said he was illegitimate. All I said was that he is not fit to be the chief of Mvezo and I still maintain that,” he said.
In an interview with Joburg radio station 94.7 Highveld Stereo on Friday evening, Ndaba offered an olive branch to his big brother.
“If my brother is listening, I’d like to say: ‘My brother, you’re my brother and you’ll always be my brother. The best thing you could do is just to humble yourself and come and talk to us and just be open and honest.”
He added: “There is definitely a chance that we can reconcile, but the ball is in his court. If he’s going to keep on portraying this image that he’s the one and only then it is going to be difficult.”
This followed a dramatic press conference last week in which Mandla said his aunt, Makaziwe, was married and should be more concerned with her in-laws’ affairs than those of the Mandelas.
Mandla also claimed that Ndaba was the result of an affair between their father, Makgatho, and a married woman, and that brothers Mbuso and Andile were not his father’s children.
Ndaba declined to comment on this to City Press.
Asked what he thought of the claim that Mbuso and Andile were not their father’s children, he said: “I don’t have a response to such despicable behaviour and nonsense. All I know is that Mbuso, Andile, Mandla and I are all brothers.”
Mbuso lashed out at Mandla, calling him “ill-disciplined and delusional” for claiming that he was not a real Mandela.
“He found himself in a negative situation and he’s saying all those things because he is trying to deflect attention from himself.”
Andile refused to comment on any allegations.
Mandla also claimed that Mbuso had an affair with his wife, Anais, who had his child and has since returned to her home in Reunion.
Mbuso refused to comment on the latter allegation but instead spoke about his life on alcohol and drugs, addictions which have lasted for four years.
He said he had been booked into a Johannesburg rehab centre recently to kick his bad habits and he has been leading a sober life since.
“The last time I went there was in March this year and I think I’m fine now,” he said.