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Nelson Mandela’s once elegant house now an eyesore after family abandoned and failed to pay bills for it (photos)

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Former South African President, Nelson Mandela’s once-elegant Houghton home in Johannesburg is now an abandoned eyesore. 

 

The house at 12th Avenue in which some of the world’s leading figures were hosted in, was until last year occupied by Mandela’s grandchildren, Ndaba, Mbuso and Andile, who are the sons of the late Makgatho Mandela. Makgatho was Madiba’s son by his first wife, Evelyn.

 

Sunday Times reported that the electric gate is seemingly broken, portions of the roof fascia are missing or collapsing, the tennis court is crumbling and the tiled roof of one of the outbuildings is sagging.

 

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The once-manicured pavement garden where well-wishers placed stones painted with messages of hope shortly before Madiba’s death in 2013,  is now overgrown and littered with rubbish.

 

It was also learnt that the three brothers lived in the house after Mandela’s death, but Ndaba said they moved out after the Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (NRM) Family Trust stopped paying the utility bills.

 

The house is owned by Mandela’s company, Iterele Investments. On his death, Iterele and the house vested in his estate under the control of the executors which include former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke.

 

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Mandela bequeathed the shares in Iterele, and therefore the house to the trust. However, the estate is yet to effect this transfer.

 

When the Sunday Times team visited the house last week, a man who opened the gate said it was being sold. He said; 

 

“I have come to help Mandela’s grandsons … We have put furniture in storerooms. From last week people have been to see the house.”

 

Ndaba Mandela had accused Moseneke and advocate Wim Trengove, a trustee of the NRM Family Trust of displacing him and his brothers by failing to pay the municipal bills. He alleged they wanted to sell the house. Moseneke and Trengove dismissed the allegations, saying the trust stopped paying the bills after they suddenly more than tripled to about R50,000 a month.

 

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Mandela’s will stipulated that he wanted Makgatho and his children to have use of the house “in perpetuity”.

 

“The trustees shall … pay all assessment rates and other municipal charges and fees in respect of the Houghton property … and maintain the Houghton property in good order and condition.”

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Ndaba however alleged that trustees failed to stick the willl. He said; 

 

“The trustees decided not to pay for lights in order to kick us out”, and it was the trust’s fault that the house was now an eyesore.

“Moseneke brought people to the house without telling the family so they could do an evaluation. The house is worth between R10m and R15m.”

 

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He added that while the majority of the family had voted to sell the house, “he was one of the few who voted not to. It belongs in the family. I will fight for it, with everything that I have.”

 

Moseneke on his own part said he had performed his duties “lawfully, honestly and to the best of my ability, properly assisted by two reputable law firms who manage the day-to-day affairs of the deceased estate”.

 

He added “I have [alerted] the law firms to these manifold bizarre imputations. I have served as executor at no remuneration. I deny any act of impropriety. I will not respond to baseless accusations.”

 

One of the trustees, Mr Trengrove however stated that the trust had no legal responsibility to contribute towards the house’s upkeep and municipal bills but had to do so because the family “implored the trust to help. 

 

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Trengrove reiterated that they stopped paying the bills because they “shot up from about R15,000 per month to about R50,000 per month without any explanation”.

 

He said; 

 

“We resumed payment, and paid all the arrears, when the bills came down again to their former level.

“We stopped paying because we felt that we could not spend R50,000 per month of the trust’s money, for which it had no liability, without any explanation for the inordinately high bills.”

 

Trengrove also revealed that an “overwhelming” majority of Mandela family members had agreed that the house should be sold “if and when” it is transferred to the trust.

 

Ndaba however defended the bills increment by stating that it shot up due to a leak. He averred that it was repaired at his cost.

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Stop Waiting For Aso Rock – Atiku Tells Nigerian Governors

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has urged governors from all states to come together and solve the insecurity facing the country as a whole.

According to him, the governors should forge a national mindset and not a regional mindset to be able to come out of the challenges. Taking to his Twitter page, he advised the governors to be united.

His tweet reads: “Governors representing some states have met. And I completely understand the necessity of their meeting and the wisdom of their decisions. But no matter how much you try to clap with one hand, the vibrations will not be the same as when you clap with two hands.

“ We have a national challenge. And as Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

“These problems were created by those with a regional mindset, and will not be solved by those with a similar mindset.

“For too long, we have erroneously thought that the power to make effective changes lies at Aso Rock. But without the states, nobody can get to Aso Rock.”

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“Let us apply this wisdom to our present challenges on Nigerian Governors to stop waiting on Abuja to make changes, and instead convene a National Unity Summit of all Nigerian Governors to iron out the thorny issues affecting the destiny of our nation until they figure out a way to resolve them.

“ Forget about your party. Forget about your tribe. Respect your religion and allow it to bring out the better part of you. Meet together. Talk together. Come up with the solutions to all our collective challenges. And then go back to your states, and consult with your federal and state legislators, with a view to getting them to work with their colleagues to implement the solutions you came up with that is how to save Nigeria.

“To keep waiting for this Federal Government to take the lead, and effect the changes that Nigeria needs to stop drifting, is to keep waiting for Godot. And that is a luxury we cannot afford. “

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Spotify CEO, Daniel Ek says Arsenal club owner, Kroenke, rejected his bid for the club

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Spotify CEO, Daniel Ek says Arsenal club owner, Kroenke, rejected his bid for the club

Spotify founder and billionaire CEO Daniel Ek, has revealed that his offer to buy Arsenal had been turned down by club owner Josh Kroenke. 

Since the Kroenke family came under fire for their handling of the club ever since the failure of the Super League, a possible takeover from Ek, a lifelong Arsenal fan has been in the works.

Ek came out last month to reveal he will be interested in buying the club leading Arsenal fans and icons to dream of such a takeover.

Despite fan opposition to the continued ownership of the Kroenkes, Ek has now revealed that the family has rejected his takeover bid.

“Inaccurate reports emerged today saying I have not made a bid for Arsenal Football Club,” Ek wrote on his official Twitter account.

 

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“I think it’s important to correct the record – this week an offer was made to both Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at the board and a golden share for the supporter.

“They replied that they don’t need the money. I respect their decision but remain interested and available should that situation ever change.”

Stan Kroenke first joined the Arsenal board of directors in 2008 with a minority stake in the club, and he continued to accumulate shares until becoming majority shareholder three years later, while in 2020 he bought out rival Alisher Usmanov to take full control. 

Back in April Kroenke released a statement in which he assured that his family were “100 per cent committed” to Arsenal. 

Arsenal is valued at over £2 billion .

 

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“You Were Paying My School Fees” – Yomi Casual’s Wife Celebrates 11-Years Of Knowing Him

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The wife of one of the top fashion designers in Nigeria Omoniyi Makun is better known by his brand name, Yomi Casual, Grace has celebrated her husband on her page for being the man she wanted since they met eleven years ago.

Yomi Casual and his wife Grace Makun met at a friend’s party some years ago. Grace disclosed in an interview that she attended the party with her elder sister and met her husband Yomi Casual. She described her husband as a very kind and understanding person also an ambitious and focused person.

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In a recent post on the official Instagram page of Yomi Casual’s wife, she eulogized her husband and disclosed how he paid her schools for her when she was in school. According to her, she has known her husband for eleven years. She disclosed how Yomi made sure she never lacked anything when she was in school.

Grace has taken to her page to flaunt her husband with sweet words. She captioned her post, “11yrs of knowing you and you are still the same @yomicasual last night we were talking and I reminded you how you were paying my school fees, I was collecting from you, you made sure I never lacked in school no matter how little and I was collecting from my dad 😂 I chop 2 school fees yearly Choi sense will not kill me that year 😂

You are My sweet boy always 🥰🥰🥰😁 I appreciate you for all you do for me my champ ❤MY MAN 🥰” .

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