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Mandla Mandela Converts to Islam, Sparks Controversy in South Africa

11 February 2016 05:46:26 Morocco World News

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - The conversion of Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, to Islam has led traditional leaders in South Africa to express their “disquiet” over the situation . Mandela, 42, holds the position of Chief of Mvezo in the AbaThembu clan, a position inherited from his late grandfather. It is believed he converted in order to marry Rabia Clarke, a Muslim woman, in what was his fourth marriage to date. The specific reasoning behind the mixed reaction is due to the fact that the responsibilities Mandela’s role historically includes are generally considered out of line with Islamic beliefs. These include leading thanksgiving rituals for ancestors, which includes having to present slaughtered animals to them in prayer. Speaking to the BBC, Mwelo Nonkonyane, chief spokesperson for the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa), described the reasoning behind the situation: "There is nothing wrong with a traditional leader following any faith he chooses, but we are concerned about whether he will be able to continue performing his responsibilities as a chief," he said. He added that Mandela’s marriage to Rabia may also be out of line with customs in South Africa for other reasons. “According to African tradition, it is the woman that must become part of the family she is marrying into,” he explained. “When she accepted Mandla's proposal, the expectation was for her to adopt the ways of his people,” he continued. Other leaders in Contralesa were less diplomatic in their reaction to the situation. Xolile Ndevu says Mandela’s new religious affiliation means he should step down from his role. “It means now he is no longer a chief of AbaThembu in Mvezo, because the Mvezo people are not Muslim,” he asserted. At the wedding ceremony, Mandela seemed unfazed by the criticism and stood by his decision to marry Rabia Clarke, reportedly stating, "Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans." The post Mandla Mandela Converts to Islam, Sparks Controversy in South Africa appeared first on Morocco World News .

Vice All News Time11 February 2016 05:46:26


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‘Mandla’s Muslim so can’t be chief’

10 February 2016 23:49:36 The Herald

CAPE TOWN. — Eastern Cape traditional leaders want answers from Nelson Mandela’s grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela about why he reportedly converted to Islam when he married a Muslim woman. “We reacted with shock on the news of his conversion. We were also very concerned. What we know is that the woman converts, not the...

Vice All News Time10 February 2016 23:49:36


News24.com | Mandla Mandela hits back at Malema for attacking Madiba's legacy

27 November 2015 20:36:53 News24 South Africa

Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla, has hit out at Julius Malema's "soundbyte-bigotry" after the EFF leader launched an attack on Madiba during a talk in the UK.

Vice All News Time27 November 2015 20:36:53


News24.com | Mandla Mandela hits back at Malema for attacking Madiba's legacy

27 November 2015 20:36:09 News24 Top Stories

Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla, has hit out at Julius Malema's "soundbyte-bigotry" after the EFF leader launched an attack on Madiba during a talk in the UK.

Vice All News Time27 November 2015 20:36:09


Smirnoff brings Raga Bolo back to the streets of Mzansi

03 November 2015 08:43:07 The Gremlin – Online Newspaper for the Garden Route

Good news for street soccer fans – Smirnoff Raga Bolo is back and bigger than ever before. From November, Smirnoff kicks things up a gear by bringing its soccer championship back to the streets of Mzansi, for the first time since 2011. Raga Bolo is a five-a-side street soccer championship played by predominantly tavern teams

Vice All News Time03 November 2015 08:43:07


In Memoriam for Mandla Madonsela, AU Commission Director of Planning (African Union)

23 July 2015 18:58:50 WN.com - World News

(Source: African Union) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23 July 2015: The African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will on Friday 24 July lead an African Union (AU) delegation to the funeral ceremony of Late Mandla Madonsela, AU Commission Director for Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Resource Mobilization. He died on 15 July 2015 in Johannesburg South Africa, where he had been evacuated for treatment. "News of Mandla's death was a big shock to me. In fact, it is a serious blow to us." The AU Commission Chairperson said, after receiving news of the death of the Commission's Director of Planning. As the AU Commission prepares to send off the departed Director, the AU...

Vice All News Time23 July 2015 18:58:50


News24.com | Mandla Mandela to appeal assault conviction after getting R10 000 fine

03 June 2015 12:54:47 News24 South Africa

Mandla Mandela, the grandson of late former president Nelson Mandela, is appealing both his sentence and conviction for assault.

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Zimbabwean strikes gold in Mzansi

21 April 2015 23:57:14 The Herald

Wellington Kudiwa Entertainment Reporter Zimbabwean born artist Regis Manja has struck gold in South Africa after being offered his own art work studio by South African well wishers. The multi-talented Manja said the studio has enabled him to start his own school of art in Secunda, Mpumalanga and is a great opportunity for him to advance his...

Vice All News Time21 April 2015 23:57:14


South Africa: Big Brother Mzansi Is Back

20 March 2015 09:07:04 AllAfrica News: Latest

This Sunday, Big Brother Mzansi 2 is launching! Mzansi Magic and Endemol SA have revealed the name for the new season: DOUBLE TROUBLE. And in keeping with the name, the channel has now confirmed that there will be a double launch for the series this year!

Vice All News Time20 March 2015 09:07:04


Namibia: Big Brother Mzansi 2014 Winner Here

06 July 2014 11:46:30 AllAfrica News: Latest

The South African Big Brother Mzansi 2014 winner, Mandla "Mcloud" Hlatshwayo arrives in Windhoek today to shoot his first ever House single, Big Fun, featuring Mobi Dixon.

Vice All News Time06 July 2014 11:46:30