Makaziwe Mandela Maintains That She Has a Right to Auction Nelson Mandela’s Heritage Objects

Makaziwe Mandela Maintains That She Has a Right to Auction Nelson Mandela’s Heritage Objects

  • Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah is not giving up her father's items in her possession
  • She has maintained that the items in her possession are private property, and she has a right to sell them to whoever she wishes
  • The South African Heritage Resources Agency approached the court for the items which were removed from Madiba's Houghton home to be returned to South Africa

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Johannesburg - The eldest daughter of the late South African statesman Nelson Mandela has maintained that she has a right to keep or even auction her father's belongings that are in her possession.

Makaziwe Mandela and his daughter Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah.
Makaziwe Mandela has reportedly auctioned her father Nelson Manela's items. Image: Getty Images.
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Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah has refused to give up the items, which allegedly include books, artworks and some of Madiba's signature patterned shirts that she removed from Mandela's Houghton house.

According to News24, Mandela-Amuah has maintained that her father's items in her possession are private property, not heritage objects. Per the publication, Makaziwe wrote an affidavit stating that she "has every right to sell it to whoever."

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Eye Witness News reports that The South African Heritage Resources Agency's (SAHRA's) previously approached the Pretoria High Court in a bid to have the items returned to South Africa. SAHRA claimed that Makaziwe Mandela and Christo Brand exported the items illegally.

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This was after New York-based Guernsey cancelled an auction of the items and artefacts belonging to the late former president Nelson Mandela.

In her defence papers, Makaziwe wrote an affidavit filed at the Johannesburg High Court lashing out at the SAHRA for wanting to repatriate her personal belongings.

Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi extends Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP) for further 6 months

In other news, Briefly News also reported that Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has extended the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP) by another six months.

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The special permits issued in 2009 expired in December 2021, and the South African government gave them a one-year grace period to re-apply. The special permits will now expire on 30 June 2023.

According to SABC News, Home Affairs spokesperson Siya Qoza said the department extended the expiry date for the special permits mainly because of the small number of applications received from Zimbabweans who want to legalise their stay in the country.

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Privie Kandi (Entertainment Editor) Privilege Kandi is an entertainment news editor (joined Briefly in 2022). A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the Christian College of Southern Africa (2016), she has been in the arts and entertainment industry for six years. Privie has worked for the Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust as a communications officer and a writer and TV producer for lifestyle and entertainment channel CME TV. She passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative. You can reach her at privie.kandi@briefly.co.za.

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