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MANDLA MANDELA'S DIVORCE BATTLE

CHIEF Mandla Mandela’s eight-year long divorce battle with his first wife Thando Mabunu resumed in the Mthatha High Court yesterday.

The two were married in June 2004 in a civil ceremony and split up in 2009.

The SunTeam understands that Thando has abandoned her challenge to have Mandla’s three marriages annulled. She is now seeking to see how they can split their assets.

Mandla’s team of lawyers, led by celebrity divorce lawyer Billy Gundelfinger, asked Judge Fatima Dawood to restrict the media reporting on the case, arguing that Mandla has a seven-month-baby whose rights must be protected.

The finer details of the asset split therefore cannot be reported.

Since his separation from Thando, Nelson Mandela’s grandson has married three times. Abathembu custom allows polygamy.

In March 2010, he married then 20-year-old Anais Grimaud from Reunion Islands. A year later, he tied the knot with Mbali Makhathini.

Last year, he married Rabia Clarke and converted to Islam. The case continues today.

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