Nelson Mandela's Kids Fight to Control His Money

Daughters sue to oust directors of two companies

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 10, 2013 12:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nelson Mandela is out of the hospital and recuperating at home after his latest health scare, but that doesn't mean the fight over the 94-year-old's money can't begin in earnest. Daughters Makaziwe and Zenani Mandela have sued to oust the directors of two companies that pull in boatloads of money from the sale of Mandela's handprints, reports the Star of South Africa. (Headline: "War over Madiba millions.")

The daughters say the three men controlling the companies—including Mandela attorney George Bizos—were never properly appointed but have refused to step down. Bizos, though, who defended Mandela in court during the apartheid era, says that Mandela himself appointed them five years ago, reports AP. The daughters are just trying to "get their hands on the money," he said, which is a little confusing because the companies were set up to funnel money to Mandela's family in the first place.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela in 2010.   (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool, File)
In this image taken on Feb. 21, 2013, Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela, left, and granddaughter Tukwini Mandela pose with some of their House of Mandela wines, in Bal Harbour, Fla.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
File photo of Nelson Mandela with family members left to right, Zaziwe Manaway, Ziphokazi Manaway, Zamaswazi Dlamini and Zamak Obiri at Mandela's hometown in Qunu, South Africa, in 2011.   (AP Photo/Peter Morey Photographic-HO)
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