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Nelson Mandela's widow forefeits estate claim

Published: 10:25AM Wednesday March 26, 2014 Source: ONE News

Nelson Mandela's widow has given up her right to half of her husband's $4.6 million estate, according to an executor of his will.

Graca Machel, who is the former South African President's third wife, was left several assets in Mandela's will on the condition she forfeited her right to his estate.

These assets include four properties in her native Mozambique, which she had already taken ownership of, as well as cars, art work and jewellery.

"I confirm that Mrs Machel has formally and in writing accepted the benefits bequeathed to her in the last will and testament of former president Mr NR Mandela," executor Dikgang Moseneke says.

The couple were married for 15 years.

In his will Mandela also bequeathed $163,000 to his family trust and some royalties from the trust to his political party the African National Congress.

He also granted $5400 to each member of his personal staff and left money for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mandela died on December 5 at the age of 95.