Nelson Mandela’s 38-year-old grandson, Mandla Mandela, released a statement earlier today saying his second wife, whom he married while he was still legally married to his first wife, was sent home to her native homeland for giving birth to a child fathered by one of his own brothers.
“The Mandela family has sent my wife Nkosikazi Nobubele Mandela (nee Anais Grimaud) back to her home after it was discovered she has been having an affair with one of my brothers…I confirm this affair resulted in a son that Nkosikazi Nobubele gave birth to in 2011. I can also confirm DNA tests conducted have confirmed the child is not mine.”
In December 2011, Mandela married Grimaud, a teenager from the island of Reunion, a French overseas territory in the Indian Ocean, while he was still married to Tando Nodayimani-Mandela, whom he married in 2004 but never divorced.
Immediately after the Christmas Eve marriage, Nodayimani-Mandela tried to have it annulled but failed.
After Mandela, who is a South African politician as well as the chief in the important Thembu tribe, and also handles most of his grandfather’s business affairs, and his second wife welcomed the birth of their son, his famous great-grandfather named him Oheya.
Mandela said he recently found out that Oheya is not his biological child; instead, he was the son of one of his brother’s. Mandela have not said which one of his three brothers fathered the child and so far only one brother, Ndaba, has publicly made any statement about the child.
Ndaba Mandela was quoted as saying “Nobody knows who the father is, but I can confidently confirm that it was not me.”
Ndaba Mandela went on to say that he “never touched” his brother’s second wife, in a “physical or sexual way.”
Grimaud has not said who the child’s real father is.