South African president Nelson Mandela filing for divorce – from estranged wife Winnie Mandela

South African president Nelson Mandela filing for divorce – from estranged wife Winnie Mandela – Brief Article

South African President Nelson Mandela has reportedly instructed his lawyer, Ismail Ayob, to begin divorce proceedings from his estranged wife Winnie, ending their 37-year union.

Mandela, 77, and Winnie, 60, legally separated in April 1992 after his 1990 release from prison. The South African president spent 27 years behind bars for trying to overthrow the country’s regime of apartheid.

Mrs. Mandela, elected to parliament last year in the country’s first all-race election and appointed deputy minister of arts, culture, science and technology, was fired by her estranged husband in April after she criticized his government and allegations arose that she took bribes.

Willie Seriti, a partner in the law firm representing Mrs. Mandela and her chief lawyer, said that he hadn’t heard anything about a divorce.

“This claim of alleged settlement negotiations comes as a complete surprise to us and we have not entered into any such negotiations,” Seriti said in the New York Post.

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