South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1 million

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In this Tuesday, June 2, 2009 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students as part of a series of activities leading to Mandela Day on July 18th.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, holds out his hand as he interacts with children during celebrations of former South African President Nelson Mandela's birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
The face of former South African President Nelson Mandela is displayed as people paint during his birthday celebrations in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, looks at pictures in a book, left, after he read to children during celebrations for the late South African President Nelson Mandela’s birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, holds out his hand as he interacts with children during celebrations of former South African President Nelson Mandela's birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Winnie Madikizela Mandela(C), ex-wife of the late South African President, Nobel Peace prize laureate and Global Icon Nelson Mandela, arrives at the Mandela' family restaurant by his former house now turned museum, to attend activities marking International Mandela Day on July 18, 2014 in Johannesburg. Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each 18 July (on Mandela's birthday). The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, left, reads from a book to children during celebrations of former South African President Nelson Mandela's birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
FILE - In this Friday, March 17 file photo former South African presidents Nelson Mandela, left, and FW de Klerk, right, with Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, center, at de Klerk's 70th birthday party in Cape Town, South Africa. A new documentary film to be released, focuses on de Klerk who was the country's last white president and who, together with Mandela, plotted the historic transition to a multi-racial democracy, for which they were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa-File)
South Africa's deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, center, speaks as Advocate George Bizos, right, and Prof. Njabulo Ndebele, left, look on during their media briefing after a will was read in its entirety to members of Mandela's family at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 3, 2014.
A painting of former South African president Nelson Mandela by British artist Richard Stone is displayed at a art exhibition in his honor at Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Twenty two artists paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, creating art accessible to a wide audience.
A tourist visits an artwork, created from a cluster of 50 laser-cut steel columns, each between 6.5 and 9.5 metres tall, a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela, in Howick, 88km outside Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The Mandela sculpture is placed in Howick, where the former president was captured by apartheid security police on Aug. 5, 1962.
Helicopters perform a flypast as smoke rises from a gun salute after the unveiling of a 9 metre bronze statue of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
A young boy stands in front of a poster of former South African president Nelson Mandela, with tribute messages at Vilikazi street in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
In this video frame grab, military officers escort former South African President Nelson Mandela's casket as it arrives at his burial site following his funeral service in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
People watch the funeral of former South African president Nelson Mandela on big screens installed in front of the Cape Town City Hall, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma speaks during the funeral service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
People hold hands as the hearse carrying the remains of former South African President Nelson Mandela proceeds to Mandela's hometown and burial site in Qunu, South Africa, Saturday Dec. 14, 2013.
A South African national flag bearing the face of former South African president Nelson Mandela is displayed near his home as residents gather for his arrival in Qunu, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Kashmiri people carry portraits of Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute to him during a peace march organized by Ghandhi Global family in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. People worldwide mourned for the historic leader.
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Nelson Mandela's estate, worth roughly $4.1 million, will be shared between his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa, the will's executors said Monday.

Mandela's third wife, Graca Machel, is the main beneficiary of the will because their marriage was "in community of property" and she therefore has the right to half his estate, as long as she claims it within 90 days, said executor Dikgang Moseneke, who is also deputy chief justice of the Constitutional Court. Graca Machel's first husband, President Samora Machel of Mozambique, died in a plane crash in 1986.

Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was not mentioned in the will. The couple divorced in 1996.

Moseneke said he is not aware of any challenges to the provisions of the will. Mandela, a prisoner during white racist rule who became South Africa's first black president, died Dec. 5 at age 95.

Moseneke outlined a "provisional inventory" of 46 million South African rand, or $4.1 million, but cautioned the amount could change as the will is studied more carefully. The document was drawn up in 2004, and was amended in 2005 and 2008. Two other executors are George Bizos, a human rights lawyer and longtime friend of Mandela, and Themba Sangoni, a chief judge from Eastern Cape province, Mandela's birthplace.

Earlier Monday, the will was read in its entirety to members of Mandela's family.

"It went well," Moseneke said at a news conference. "There were clarifications sought from time to time."

Last year, while Mandela's health was in decline, his family was involved in a number of high-profile disputes.

Some members so ught to dislodge Bizos and other directors of two companies whose proceeds are supposed to benefit the Mandela family. Separately, Mandla Mandela, a grandson of the anti-apartheid leader, fell out with family members because he had moved the remains of the patriarch's three deceased children to a different gravesite. A court order forced him to return the remains to Qunu, where Nelson Mandela grew up and where he was buried Dec. 15.

In the will, Mandela said he had already given $300,000 to his three surviving children. He bequeathed amounts to his grandchildren ranging from $9,000 to $300,000, and the beneficiaries include Graca Machel's two children with Samora Machel.

Mandela gave $4,500 each to nine staff members, including Xoliswa Ndoyiya, his personal cook.

"It shows me that he has been respecting me and he loved me for who I am," Ndoyiya said at a press conference where the will was made public. "I am one of these people who served him for many years."

Mandela instructed one of three trusts that carry his name to consider paying between 10 percent and 30 percent of royalties to the African National Congress to record or disseminate information on the party's policies, including reconciliation. He left funds for scholarships and bursaries to the secondary school in Qunu, the University of Fort Hare, the University of the Witwatersrand, also known as Wits, and Soweto's Orlando West high school, whose students and teachers played a prominent role in the fight against white rule.

Prof. Adam Habib, the principal of Wits, said the university was humbled to receive $9,000 from Mandela, who was a student there in the 1940s. He said the endowment would be used to provide scholarships.

Mandela "emphasized the need to address inequality - one of the greatest threats to our young democracy," Habib said.

A trust will administer Mandela's Johannesburg home, which became a shrine during the last months of his life as well-wishers gathered outside its walls. Mandela said in his will that he hoped several of his grandchildren would live there, and that the house would "also serve as a place of gathering of the Mandela and Machel family in order to maintain its unity long after my death."

Bizos became emotional while talking about Mandela.

"He certainly worked hard throughout his life whether he was in jail or out in order to gain the freedom of all of us in South Africa to show to the world at large that power should not be exercised for personal benefit but for the benefit of all," Bizos said to the press. "Many say that they are following in his footsteps: Either they don't know the road that he followed, or they sort of bluff themselves that they are following it."

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