A decade on from the passing of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, South African broadcaster eNCA has visited the house, the place he spent his sundown years and died, to seek out that it has been deserted and has fallen into disrepair.
Pop star Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and former US First Lady Michelle Obama have been among the many many high-profile friends former President Mandela hosted on the home, positioned within the prosperous Johannesburg suburb of Houghton.
on Friday confirmed elements of the derelict dwelling, together with an overgrown backyard and a dusty ceiling within the bed room the place Mandela died.
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Some of Mandela’s grandchildren most not too long ago occupied the house, however they moved out after the town disconnected energy as a result of failure by Mandela’s belief to pay payments, eNCA reported.
“I moved out because we were having issues with the family trust. We kept on having to ask the trustees to pay the water and electricity bills,” Mandela’s grandson Mbuso Mandela, who moved out round 2019, advised eNCA.
Some South Africans have expressed heartbreak on social media, calling on Mandela’s household and the federal government to honour and protect the legacy of the long-lasting statesman by repairing his former dwelling.
It is a stark distinction from the Johannesburg dwelling Mandela first lived in after his jail launch, which was final yr transformed right into a luxurious boutique lodge named Sanctuary Madiba.