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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mandela's "Secret Children" Contesting Will


Two women are contesting the will of Nelson Mandela, claiming he had illicit affairs with their mothers while he was married.

Onica Mothoa and Mpho Pule claim they were fathered by Mandela when he was married to his first wife and are demanding to be acknowledged his children.  They have asked the Master of the High Court in South Africa to call an immediate halt to the distribution of money as directed by Mandela’s will.  They may soon apply for DNA tests to prove paternity.

See Andy Lines, Nelson Mandela Death: Two ‘Love-Child Daughters’ Make Will Claim Alleging Icon Had ‘Illicit Affairs’, Mirror, Feb. 10, 2014.


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