Mandla Mandela Biography
Mandla Mandela born Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela in 1974 in Orlando, Soweto in South Africa, is the chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council and a member of parliament for the African National Congress.
Mandla Mandela Education Background
In a BBC interview, Mandla said that when he finished school his ambition was to be a DJ, but when he told this to Mr Mandela, the former president replied: “What’s a DJ?” “I said: ‘A Disk Jockey’. He said: ‘Nonsense, no Mandela will ever become such, you need to go out and find a career.’
In 2002, after he had been out of school for a good seven or eight years, Nelson Mandela insisted that he should go back to study. He later graduated with a politics degree from South Africa’s Rhodes University.
Mandla Mandela Career
He first shot into the public limelight in 2007 when he was appointed chief of the Traditional Council in Mvezo, with the approval of the anti-apartheid icon, his grandfather, the legendary Nelson Mandela. After the death of his father, Makgatho Mandela, in 2005 he was choosen as the successor. When Nelson Mandela was asked to reclaim his clan he suggested his grandson assume the role. Mandla became the chief in 2007 when he was 32 years. His duties involved tribal ceremonies, settling disputes among tribe members, and representing the tribe on political issues.
Mandla began to play a high-profile political role during the bitterly fought election campaign in 2009 when he threw his weight behind the African National Congress (ANC) and its leader Jacob Zuma in their campaign to stave off a challenge from a breakaway party, the Congress of the People (Cope). The ANC rewarded Mandla by nominating him to parliament when in 2009, he became the Member of Parliament for the African National Congress.
Mandla Mandela Age
He was born in 1974 in Orlando, Soweto in South Africa.
Mandla Mandela Parents
His parents are Makgatho Mandela ( a son of Nelson Mandela) and Rose Rayne Mandela-Perry.
Mandla Mandela Wives
In June 2004 he married Tando Mabuna-Mandela who is filing for divorce.
In March 2010 he married his second wife Anaïs Grimaud, French citizen. In September 2011 she gave birth to Qheya II Zanethemba Mandela. In August 2012 he denied paternity, claiming it was the result of an affair with his brother.
On 24th December 2011 he married his third wife Mbali Makhathini (Nodiyala Mandela).
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He married his fourth wife on 6th February, Raabia Clarke in an Islamic ceremony in Cape town. Mandela converted to Islam about two months prior to the wedding.
In July 2013 he was taken to Mthatha High Court by the Mandela family to force him to return the remains of three of Nelson Mandela’s children to Qunu. Mandela had moved them to Mvezo, without consulting the Mandela family in 2011.
The family also laid a criminal case of tampering with a grave. A South African High Court Judge, Judge Lusindiso Phakade, ruled in favour of the complainants. He ordered Mandela to exhume and rebury the bodies.
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Mandla Mandela’s tribute to Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela
Source: TimesLive South Africa
Mandla Mandela delivered a tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the African National Congress memorial ceremony in Khayelitsha on 10 April 2018
“A rose has been plucked from our garden of heroes. One whom we all called Nobandla‚ Mangutyana‚ Mam Winnie or simply Mummy is no more and we are left with the thorns of loss‚ memory and as a nation‚ a deep sense of sadness.
Mam Winnie has been a shining sun‚ a guiding star‚ an immovable mountain‚ a mother to generations of freedom-fighters; one who has rallied together young and old‚ rural and urban‚ men and women; her power swayed our resistance to apartheid in the darkest moments when other leaders were languishing in jail or in exile; she had the ability to rouse the ocean of internal resistance to a frenzied boiling point and within a moment calm it down. Today‚ the scroll of her extra-ordinary life is laid open for all the world to see.
What a humble beginning from her roots in the rural village of Mbongweni‚ Bizana‚ in the Transkei to the world stage where over the last week tributes have unendingly poured out for one who lived a full life; a life dedicated to the struggle for liberation of our people. UMangutyana was an international symbol our resistance to apartheid and played a pivotal role in rallying the Global Anti-Apartheid Movement to isolate the Apartheid regime and ultimately secure the release of my grandfather and other political prisoners.
She was at the same time a rallying point for the marginalized poor‚ black township and rural residents who demanded their freedom. Comrades and friends; we shall never forget her resistance to the brutality‚ harassment and atrocities of the Apartheid regime. Despite their best efforts they could not prevent‚ discouraged or stop her from championing the anti-apartheid cause and being the voice for millions of our people. This bravery‚ courage and determination in the face of all odds led to her periodic imprisonment from 1969‚ much of it spent in solitary confinement.
Not even years of banishment to Brandfort could silence her. They tried everything‚ even burning down her house; but she proved why she is regarded as “Mother of the Nation”. unwavering‚ resilient and irrepressible and always at the heart of the struggle.
Comrades and friend; the monumental life of uNobandla must be rallying point to continue our struggle for the suffering masses of people in our country and the world; Today‚ Mam Winnie’s name is echoing in Gaza and other parts of occupied Palestine. Today‚ her life and struggle is being celebrated in Western Sahara. Our struggle is far from over.
It is no co-incidence that UMangutyana has become an icon and rallying point for our comrades in the EFF. It is our collective duty to stand for the poor‚ the voiceless‚ and the landless; South Africa awaits the radical economic transformation that our freedom and new democracy has promised. We shall not rest until the prophetic words of the Freedom Charter and our Constitution is fulfilled: “We‚ the People of South Africa‚ declare for all our country and the world to know: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it‚ black and white.”
Comrades and friends; it seems that these words fell on deaf ears this weekend at the DA Congress as the protectors of white privilege continue to place impediments in the course of land transformation and redistribution. Mam Winnie’s life demonstrated that our people will not be moved; our revolution will not be compromised and the land shall return to the people!!
As we pay tribute here in the Western Cape to the life of uNobandla‚ an undisputed hero of our struggle and a revolutionary leader in her own right‚ we also owe it to her legacy to rebuild a strong movement‚ a strong alliance and a powerful force for serving our people.
Finally‚ it is fitting to conclude in this year in which we observe the Nelson Mandela Centennial Celebrations to pay tribute to one who played an important part in Madiba’s life; whose words encouraged and sustained him in the long and dark hours of incarceration; whose rousing voice elevated our spirits in our call to free Mandela Campaign; and in the moment when he walked out of Victor Verster Prison a free man‚ she stood triumphantly by his side‚ fist held high.
A rose has been plucked from our garden of heroes;
But we shall not abandon the struggle and what you and all our heroes stood for. Your life is the best tribute and speaks for the millions who will attest:
For I was hungry and you gave Me food;
I was thirsty and you gave Me drink;
I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me;
I was sick and you visited Me;
I was in prison and you came to Me.
Hamba Kahle Nobandla!!
Ulale ngoxolo Mangutyana‚ sakuhlala sikukhumbula!!
Long live the spirit and legacy of Mam Winnie‚ long live!!!”
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Mandla Mandela wishes De Klerk a speedy recovery
Chief of the Mvezo Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela has wished former president FW de Klerk a speedy recovery following his hospitalisation on Friday.
The FW de Klerk Foundation said on Saturday De Klerk was being treated at the Panorama Hospital in Cape Town for a condition known as pneumothorax – which is an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall.
“He underwent a successful procedure this morning (Saturday) and it is expected that he will be discharged from hospital some time next week‚” the foundation said.
In his statement‚ Mandela said he wished De Klerk strength and trusted that he was receiving the best medical treatment.
Mandela‚ who is also a member of the Pan African Parliament‚ said De Klerk recently paid a glowing tribute to his late grandfather‚ former president Nelson Mandela‚ on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela Centennial Celebration at Mvezo‚ on July 18 this year.
“His words moved many to tears and his deep regard for the Father of the Nation was evident and palpable. He described Madiba as a man of principle and an extraordinary statesman and servant of the people‚” Mandela said.
Mandela said De Klerk described his relationship with Madiba in the years after their retirement and recalled how Madiba would call him and enquire about his health and wellbeing.
“We hold him in our hearts and pray that God grants him a full and speedy recovery.”