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South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1 million

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 3, 2014 at 9:36 a.m.

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela's estate is worth roughly $4.1 million, excluding royalties and other amounts, and beneficiaries of his will include his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa, the will's executors said Monday.

Mandela's third wife, Graca Machel, is the main beneficiary of the will because their marriage was "in community of property" and she therefore has the right to half his estate, as long as she claims it within 90 days, said executor Dikgang Moseneke, who is also deputy chief justice of the Constitutional Court. Graca Machel's first husband, President Samora Machel of Mozambique, died in a plane crash in 1986.

Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was not mentioned in the will.

Moseneke said he is not aware of any challenges to the provisions of the will. Mandela, a prisoner during white rule who became South Africa's first black president, died Dec. 5 at age 95, prompting a 10-day mourning period in the nation and a global outpouring of tributes.

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