Two women seeking recognition as daughters of Nelson Mandela

02/10/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Johannesburg – The families of two women alleged to be the daughters of late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela are seeking to have them recognized as his children. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), an attorney stated on Monday that they have contacted the executors of Mandela’s will, but were not seeking a monetary inheritance.

One of the women, Onica Mothoa, has stated she has taken a DNA test in an effort to prove her claim. The other woman, 63-year-old Mpho Pule, reportedly made efforts to contact Mandela prior to her death in 2009.

Michael Katz, an attorney for the executors, is quoted by the AP as stating of receiving a letter from the women’s families, “They made the claim that they are descendants of Madiba (Nelson’s clan name)…They indicated that this wasn’t a monetary claim.”

The Star, a South African newspaper, quotes Mothoa as stating of the matter, “I know the Mandela family have always believed that I was being opportunistic because I wanted a share in the inheritance. That’s not true. I just want them to acknowledge that Mandela is my father.”

Mandela, who became president of South Africa in 1994, died in December of last year.

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