Winnie to be investigated over forged court papers

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has laid claim to Madiba's Qunu home, even though she isn't mentioned in his will.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has laid claim to Madiba's Qunu home, even though she isn't mentioned in his will.

MTHATHA - Winne Madikizela-Mandela is to be investigated for allegedly forging a signature on an affidavit that she submitted to court in her bid for the Mandela Qunu property, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

She submitted the affidavit to the Mthatha High Court in a failed attempt to stop a meeting of the royal families of the AbaThembu nation and the AmaDlomo which took place in Qunu on Friday.

The affidavit was purpoted to be signed by Pumlani Ngcebetshana, who is desribed in it as "a core member" of the Mandela family in it.

In the affidavit, Ngcebetshana urged the court to stop Friday&39;s meeting as it was likely to end in violence and was causing divisions within the Mandela family.

However, according to Mandla Mandela&39;s lawyer, Billy Gundelfinger, Ngcebetshana sent Mandela an sms on saying that he had no knowledge of nor had he signed such an affidavit.

The sms stated, "Look I didn&39;t file any affidavit and go look carefully whether did I sign any affidavit I know nothing about [any] affidavit. My name has been used...I did not even see these documents..."

Gundelfinger told Sunday Times that the matter would be investigated and, if true, there would be "serious consequences".

Ngcebetshana declined to comment to the paper, saying "I do not have any obligation to respond to the media."