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Mandela's estate worth estimated $4.1mn

Nelson Mandela left portions of his roughly $4.1-million estate to his wife Graca Machel, family members, staff, schools and the ANC, according to a summary of his will released Monday. Two months after the death of the 95-year-old South African statesman, lawyers said wife Graca was entitled to half the estate, but may opt to receive only specified assets, including four properties in Mozambique. Royalties from his books and other projects, as well as his homes in Johannesburg, Qunu and Mthatha were left to a family trust.

Mandela's will to be made public

The executors of Nelson Mandela's estate are to reveal his last will and testament on Monday, amid a very public family feud over who will carry on the family name. Two months after the death of the 95-year-old South African statesman, lawyers will reveal who will gain control of his multi-million dollar assets. Mandela left behind his wife Graca Machel, ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and more than 30 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

Mandela's will to be made public Monday

The dying wishes of South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will be revealed on Monday, the Constitutional Court announced. "The executors in the estate... invite you to a media briefing on the contents of his last will and testament," the court's vice president, Dikgang Moseneke, said in a statement Sunday nearly two months after Mandela died on December 5. The Mandela Foundation will reveal the contents at midday on Monday at the foundation, he said.

De Klerk accuses South African government of discrimination

South Africa's last white president took a swipe at the ruling African National Congress on Friday, saying they discriminate against people based on race. "We were never consulted about the ANC's approach to transformation and we do not accept it," FW de Klerk said at a speech to mark 20 years of democracy in Cape Town. "These policies - in the ANC's so called second phase of transition - are overtly directed against South African citizens on the basis of their race. That is unconstitutional and the antithesis of the goal of national reconciliation."

Mandela grandson in court on assault charges

Nelson Mandela's grandson, a member of the South African parliament, appeared in court charged with assault on Thursday, after an altercation with a teacher late last year. Prosecutors read out formal charges against Mandla Mandela, 39, accusing him of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm as well as with pointing his gun, according to state broadcaster SABC. The charges followed a quarrel when another driver reportedly bumped into the car of one of Mandela's business associates in Mthatha, in the south of the country.

S.Africa marks New Year with 3D send-off of Mandela

South Africa's top tourist drawcard Cape Town bid farewell to 2013 with a 3D video send-off of Nelson Mandela as the nation entered the new year without its beloved icon. Mandela's face was briefly mapped onto the city hall in Cape Town where he gave his first freedom speech in 1990 after his release from 27 years in apartheid prison. The tribute, featured a recording of Mandela calling for peace and friendship, was screened just before the countdown into midnight which was marked with a fireworks show.

S. Africa's right still fears post-Mandela apocalypse

In South Africa, right-wing prophesies that Nelson Mandela's death will be followed by a racial apocalypse refuse to be quashed by events. Ever since the mostly peaceful transition to majority rule in 1994, right-wing South Africans have claimed the moment would spell an end to reconciliation and unleash untold bloodshed. So engrained was the idea of a "Night of the Long Knives" that it even seeped into mainstream thinking.

Mossad trained Mandela in Ethiopia: Israeli archive

Israeli Mossad agents operating in Ethiopia in 1962 unwittingly trained Nelson Mandela in hand-to-hand combat, weaponry and sabotage, according to a document released by Israel's state archives. A letter from a Mossad official to the foreign ministry, dated October 11, 1962 titled "THE BLACK PIMPERNEL" and released to the public on Sunday, recalls a conversation in which "we discussed a trainee in Ethiopia named David Mobasari, from Rhodesia". "The aforementioned was trained by the Ethiopians in Judo, sabotage and weapons," the letter read.

French institute to restore, digitise Mandela trial recordings

France's National Audiovisual Institute (INA) announced Friday it would restore and digitise the recordings of the Rivonia Trial that saw Nelson Mandela and seven other anti-apartheid activists sentenced to life in jail. The original audio recordings of the 1963-1964 court case -- described as one of the most significant political trials in South African history -- are old and deteriorating.

Winnie Mandela blasts family feud reports

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie denied Wednesday there was a dynastic battle within his extensive family, amid reports of a renewed feud shortly after the peace icon's death. According to various media reports the family cut off Mandela's eldest grandson Mandla and heir to the clan title since the icon's died on December 5. But his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela slammed "mischievous innuendos" and "apartheid-style" tactics.
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