Mandela feud gets uglier as Mandla calls abaThembu king 'unstable'

Mandla Mandela has struck back against the abaThembu king after allegations Nelson Mandela's grandson is an illegitimate chief.

As the controversy around Nelson Mandela's children and grandchildren turns ever more to the issue of the legitimacy of Mandla Mandela's chieftaincy, the grandson of the global icon has hit back at king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo of the abaThembu tribe, calling him "unstable".

This followed startling claims by the king that Mandla was not the legitimate heir to the Madiba clan chieftaincy. He claimed that there was no certificate of legitimacy signed when Mandela became the chief in 2007 – a ceremony personally overseen by Nelson Mandela.

The Mail & Guardian reported last week that Mandla's chieftaincy was criticised before Nelson Mandela's recent admission to hospital, with questions arising around whether he should be the chief given that his mother and father were not married. 

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