- Former President Nelson Mandela's house has been left in a terrible state since he passed away
- The mansion, which is in Houghton, was abandoned when his grandsons moved out because of unpaid utility bills
- South Africans are disappointed in Madiba's grandchildren and slammed them for not taking care of the house
Tebogo Mokwena, Briefly News's current affairs journalist, offered coverage of current affairs and societal issues during his seven years at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News.
The first president of democratic South Africa, world-renowned struggle icon and Nobel Peace Award recipient Nelson Mandela's Mandela's house is now in shambles.
The house where the former statesman, known for being the most crucial figure in apartheid resistance, is a shadow of its formal glory. South Africans frowned at Mandela's grandchildren for being unable to maintain the house or pay utilities.
Nelson Mandela's house in shambles
eNCA journalist Silindelo Masikane posted photos of the house on her X account, @Sli_Masikane. The pictures were part of an interview that she conducted with one of Nelson Mandela's grandchildren, Mbuso Mandela.
In the pics, the garden is covered with a thick bush and it looks like it has not been tended to for years. The ceiling is caved in and is peeled from a lack of maintenance. The tweet revealed that his grandchildren occupied the house but moved out because the electricity bill was unpaid. View the photos here:
South Africans discuss Mandela's home
Netizens discuss the extent of the neglect of Nelson Mandela's former home.
“The sense of entitlement is real. They can’t even come together and dig into their own pockets and maintain their own grandfather’s property, which is their legacy.”
“This is a shame. Let’s not be surprised when an international NGO or Gift of the Givers renovates the house because outsiders care more about Madiba’s legacy than his grandchildren."
“I think the grandchildren expected to live a free-of-charge life because of the surname.”
“What a shame. So they had a mansion where they lived rent-free and couldn’t pay for electricity and water? Didn’t any of them have an income?”
“They used to fight while drunk in the streets, high on stuff. They must go use their father’s surname and stop capping.”
Zoleka Mandela dies after battle with cancer
In another Mandela-related story, Briefly News reported that Zoleka Mandela passed away after fighting a battle with cancer.
The author and one of Nelson Mandela's grandchildren died and succumbed to metastatic cancer to the hip, liver, lung, pelvis brain and spinal cord.
South Africans poured their hearts out and were relieved that she was freed from the suffering she endured.
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Source: Briefly News