Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of the late former president Nelson Mandela, has written a letter through her legal team demanding that the AbaTembu Royal Family spokesperson Daludumo Mtirara retract what she deems defamatory utterances against her.
Madikizela-Mandela’s lawyer, Mvuzo Notyesi, alleges that Mtirara has been making derogatory and defamatory remarks about his client following her claim on Nelson Mandela’s home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.
It is alleged that Mtirara had publicly referred to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as opportunistic, dishonest and a liar.
Notyesi says Mtirara violated Madikizela-Mandela’s right to dignity and exceeded his right to freedom of expression. Notyesi says Mtirara has been given 72 hours to retract his statements and make a public apology.
“We issued a letter of demand because of the insults that are flying all over the papers and Television .Of course we have given him an opportunity to either retract those statements within 72 hours or if he does not we will proceed. The view we take is that the utterances made have gone far beyond the acceptable norms of freedom of expression, already we have set clearly what will happen if we do not receive an apology within 72 hours.”
Chief Daludumo Mtirara says he will never be intimidated and compromise the legacy of the late international icon Nelson Mandela.
He remains unapologetic for what he believes is the truth.
“We are prepared to go to any level; we are not going to accept Nobandla Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to claim to be the rightful owner of that house. We want those who want to comment to understand that this is the matter that requires members of the family, because we are supporting the house of our late state icon.”
AbaTembu King, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, is adamant that Winnie Madikizela Mandela is right for claiming what is due to her and her children.
“This environment does not only apply to umakhulu Winnie, it applies to every woman in our traditional institutions. It is always signified by the fact that even after the husband’s death, she mourns, she carries on with the necessary obligations as a wife and a legitimate wife.”