Winnie Mandela blasts family feud reports
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Mr Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie denied on Wednesday that there was a dynastic battle within his extensive family, amid reports of a renewed feud shortly after the peace icon's death.
According to various media reports the family cut off Mr Mandela's eldest grandson Mandla and heir to the clan title since the icon's death on Dec 5.
But his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela slammed "mischievous innuendos" and "apartheid-style" tactics.
"Numerous articles, op-eds, reports, and editorials...have hammered on the idea that the Mandela family is at war with itself since the news first broke that Madiba is no longer with us," said her spokesman Thato Mmereki in a statement, referring to Mr Mandela by his clan name.