This means that Graca Machel is entitled to half of her late husband’s estate of about R46 million.
Deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, one of the executors of the will, told media at the briefing at the Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton that Machel had 90 days to decide whether she would claim half the estate or not.
He said the reading of the will went well and the Mandela family was satisfied.
Machel’s two children from her previous marriage to slain Mozambican president Samora Machel received about R3 million each and the children of Madiba’s late sons, Thembi and Makgatho (including Mandla, the Mvezo chief), will receive about R3 million each (see graphic for full details).
The children of Makaziwe and Zenani and Zindzi, Mandela’s surviving daughters, will receive R100 000 each.
The family trust will receive R1,5million plus in royalties.
The ANC will also receive some royalties, to spread information about the principles and policies of the party, particularly about reconciliation.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela did not receive any money from the estate despite having been married to Mandela for 38 years.
The schools Madiba attended throughout his life are mentioned in his will. The University of Fort Hare and Wits University will get R100 000 each towards bursaries. Fort Hare vice-chancellor Dr Mvuyo Tom toldDaily Sun: “Madiba was always a pioneer. Now he is challenging other former students to give back to their schools and continue the legacy of empowering other students.”
Madiba met Oliver Tambo at Fort Hare and both were expelled in 1940 for joining student protests.
Mandela also left R50 000 each to members of his staff.
One of them, Gloria Nocanda (50), said: “I don’t have words to express my joy. I stopped working for him in 1999 and I didn’t expect him to still remember me.”