Two Women Claim To Be Daughters Of Nelson Mandela
Michael Katz, attorney for the executors of the late Nelson Mandela’s estate, says that the families of two women who are claiming to be the daughters of the anti-apartheid leader have made additional attempts to contact the estate’s executors, The Associated Press reports.
“They made the claim that they are descendants of Madiba,” said Katz
It appears the families are not out for financial gain and are simply seeking recognition, as their claim was not monetary.
“They indicated that this wasn’t a monetary claim,” Katz continued.
One of the women, Onica Mothoa, has expressed that she isn’t interested in his inheritance and simply wants to be recognized as a daughter of the late activist. She has taken a DNA test in hopes of proving that he is, in fact, her father. The other woman, Mphoe Pule, 63, died of a stroke back in 2009. According to The Guardian, she repeatedly tried to contact Mandela since her grandmother told her that he was her father back in 1998. Her attempts, however, were in vain.
Both women were reportedly born during Mandela’s rocky marriage to his first wife, Evelyn Mase. It has been alleged for years that Mandela participated in extramarital affairs during their union. They eventually split up in 1958. It is documented that Mase accused him of adultery.
“I know the Mandela family have always believed that I was being opportunistic because I wanted a share in the inheritance,” Mothoa reportedly told The Star. “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,” she continued. “It is very important even for my children, as well as my grandchildren, to know who they are.”
Executors of Mandela’s estate say that he was worth roughly $4.1 million. Monies and assets will be split among family members, staff members, schools that he attended and the African National Congress.