A lawyer representing two women seeking to be recognized as Nelson Mandela’s children has reportedly contacted the executor of Mandela’s will. The families of the two women say they don’t want any of his money, just to be recognized.
The Inquisitr recently reported that the content of Nelson Mandela’s will was revealed last week. In his last will and testament, Mandela reportedly left some $4.1 million to his family, former staff, schools and to the African National Congress (ANC).
According to The Inquisitr, the former South African President left $300,000 to each of his children and some of his grandchildren. He also directed that the home in which he died in Houghton, Johannesburg, was to be used by the family of his late son Makgatho.
“It is my wish that it should also serve as a place of gathering of the Mandela family in order to maintain its unity long after my death,” Mandela wrote about his beloved home.
The report continued on to say that Mandela left $4,500 to his loyal assistant Zelda La Grange and other staff. Finally, the schools and other institutions in which Mandela attended “are due to receive more than $8,900 each. Mandela also shared other amounts with grants and scholarships at other schools.”
With the substantial about of wealth that was distributed to Nelson Mandela’s family, it would stand to reason that the families of these two alleged “love children” would be looking for some kind of cut, though their lawyer says that’s not the case. The two women who are looking to be recognized are Onica Mothoa and the late Mpho Pule.
According to The Washington Post, Mothoa and Pule aren’t mentioned in Mendela’s genealogy because they were reportedly born during Mandela’s “stormy marriage to Mase.” The couple had divorced in 1958 and Mase, who died in 2004, had accused Mandela of adultery during that time period. The report continued on to quote The Star, a South African newspaper who quoted Mothoa saying the following:
“I know the Mandela family has always believed that I was being opportunistic because I wanted a share in the inheritance. That’s not true. I just want them to acknowledge that Mandela is my father. No amount of millions can buy the identity of a person. It is very important even for my children, as well as my grandchildren, to know who they are,” said Mothoa, who had tried in vain to see Mandela when he was sick last year.
The family of the late Mpho Pule said that she had also tried meeting with Mandela in 1998 after her grandmother told her who her father was following the death of her mother according to Mirror News. Pule died in 2009 from a stroke, never having gotten the chance to meet with him.
According to Fox News, Michael Katz, a lawyer for Mandela’s executors, said Monday that he had received a letter citing the women’s claims, but that it was not a petition for money from the will.