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Two Women Claim Mandela Is Their Father – Report

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Nelson Mandela has left his roughly $4.1m estate to his wife Graca Machel and family members, but two women who say they were fathered by South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela wants part, as they have sought to be acknowledged by his estate, local media reported, citing an attorney dealing with his will.

The Mail & Guardian newspaper reported on Monday that family representatives of Onica Mothoa and Mpho Pule contacted Michael Katz, one of two attorneys appointed by the estate’s executors to handle matters surrounding Mandela’s will.

Katz confirmed on Sunday evening that he had been contacted, with Mothoa and Pule’s representatives claiming both were fathered by Mandela, when he was still married to his first wife Evelyn Mase, the paper reported.

It said that investigative show, Carte Blanche, aired on M-Net TV, reported on Sunday night that the pair’s lawyers approached the master of the high court to stop the division of funds, as directed by Mandela’s will from his estate.

Dikgang Moseneke, the deputy chief justice, told reporters in Johannesburg last Monday that the provisional assessment of Mandela’s estate was about $4.1m (46 million South African Rand).

“The amount, which excludes royalties accrued over time, is still to be verified,” Moseneke said.

The will was first written in 2004 and last amended in 2008. Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon who died last December, left the estate to his wife Graca Machel, family members and the governing African National Congress (ANC).

According to the Mail & Guardian, Katz said the two women sought only to be recognised by Mandela’s estate, and did not seek any money.

Katz said he would meet with the executors of Mandela’s estate to discuss the matter, the paper added.

During Carte Blanche’s broadcast, Mothoa and Pule’s relatives claimed they had in the past attempted to reach Mandela so that the former president could acknowledge he was the two women’s father.

No acknowledgement occurred. He had reportedly met one of the women, the paper reported.

A legal spokesperson for the women’s families told Carte Blanche that they were considering bringing an application for Mandela’s DNA to be tested to show if the former president was connected to Mothoa and Pule.

The women, originally from Hammanskraal and Bloemfontein, have been in various news reports over the years claiming Mandela was their father.

Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after spending 28 years in prison for his campaign against white minority rule, died last December at the age of 93 after battling a chronic lung infection for months. [AlJazeera]

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

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“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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