Nelson Mandela has left his more than 3 million euro estate to his family as well as South Africa’s ruling ANC, former staff and schools he attended.
Monday’s reading of Mandela’s will had been expected to trigger fresh turmoil among his
squabbling relatives but war has not broken out, so far.
Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told reporters in Johannesburg that reading wills to families was “always an occasion that is charged with emotions”.
But he said: “I am not aware of any contest of any type. ..The will has been duly lodged and has been accepted and registered as such.”
Mandela’s large family came together at December’s memorial service for the former South African president who died aged 95.
His estate includes homes in his Eastern Cape home province and Johannesburg as well as royalties from book sales, like his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom”.
Some of his fortune will go into a trust to provide for his more than 30 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Mandela name has already been used as a marketing brand by several younger members of the anti-apartheid hero’s family.
Some of his grandchildren have started a line of caps featuring his image under the brand “Long Walk to Freedom”.
Two of his granddaughters based in the United States starred in a reality television show called “Being Mandela”.
Get a different perspective
Every story can be told in many ways: see the perspectives from Euronews journalists in our other language teams.