Family members, staff and the ANC are beneficiaries but there could be more battles between relatives over his financial legacy.
Nelson Mandela’s estate is worth £2.5m which he left to family members, the ruling African National Congress, former staff and schools he used to attend.
However, the will was expected to spark more squabbling among relatives over his financial legacy two months after his death.
Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said he was not aware of any possible wrangle over the 46m-rand estate, but when the will was read to his family the mood was “charged with emotion”.
His third wife Graca Machel is entitled to half the estate under South African marital law but could choose instead to receive four properties the couple jointly owned in her native Mozambique and other assets, lawyers said.
Mr Mandela’s second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was not mentioned in the will.
Some of the estate would be split between three trusts set up by Mr Mandela, including a family trust designed to provide for his more than 30 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Each of the Mandela children and some of his grand-children received £184,000.
Royalties from his books and other projects, as well as his homes in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Qunu and Mthatha were left to a family trust.
And the home in Houghton, Johannesburg, where the former statesman died aged 95 on December 5 will be used by the family of his deceased son Makgatho.
“It is my wish that it should also serve as a place of gathering of the Mandela and Machel family in order to maintain its unity long after death,” he wrote.
It is unclear if the will can prevent family battles over who controls the Mandela name, which have seen family remains exhumed and reinterred and exhumed and reinterred again.
Eldest daughter Makaziwe reportedly had the locks changed on Mandela’s rural home in Qunu after his death to exclude his eldest grandson Mandla, a local chief.
Makaziwe and Mandla both lay claim to lead the family following the death of the anti-apartheid hero. Mr Mandela left no instruction in his will about who should take up his mantle.
Makaziwe is backed by his second wife Winnie and Mandla has the support for the royal family of his tribe.
Mr Mandela gave around £2,700 each to members of staff, including long-time personal aide Zelda la Grange.
The will also provides about £5,500 each for Wits and Fort Hare universities, and the same amount to three other schools.
The African National Congress, which Mandela led to victory in the first democratic elections in 1994, could receive between 10-30% of his royalties.
Three executors will now be tasked with winding up the estate and carrying out Mr Mandela’s wishes.
Source : Sky News