* Each of his children granted $300,000
* S.Africa's ruling ANC given portion of royalties
* Wife yet to decide on her right for half the estate
By Zandi Shabalala and Tiisetso Motsoeneng
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 3 Former South African
president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela left his $4.1
million estate to family members, the ruling African National
Congress, former staff and several local schools, according to a
reading of his will on Monday.
The will was expected to set off another round of squabbling
among members of his large and factious family over the Nobel
Peace Prize laureate's financial legacy.
Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said he was not aware
of any possible wrangle over the provisional 46-million-rand
estate, although when the will was read to family earlier on
Monday the mood was "charged with emotion."
"I am not aware of any contest of any type and the will has
been duly lodged and accepted," Moseneke said.
Mandela's third wife, Graca Machel, is entitled to half the
estate under South African marital law but could waive her
claims and opt for specified assets that include properties in
her native Mozambique. Machel has not made a decision on whether
to weave her rights, Moseneke said.
Some of the estate would be split between three trusts set
up by Mandela, including a family trust designed to provide for
his more than 30 children, grandchildren and great
Each of the Mandela children and some of his grand-children
received $300,000. His upscale Johannesburg house, where he
spent most of his life after being freed from apartheid jails,
would be home to his deceased son Makgatho's children.
The ANC, which was Mandela's political home, could receive a
portion of his royalties from books and other commercial outlets
using his name and image. Mandela staff, including his long-time
personal assistant Zelda Le Grange, also shared in the fortune
with 50,000 rand each.
"It really makes me happy. I didn't think Tata was thinking
of leaving something for me," said Mandela's personal chef
Xoliswa Ndoyiya, referring to Mandela using the Xhosa word for
Mandela, who died in December at the age of 95, left an
estate that also included a modest dwelling in his rural Eastern
Cape home province and royalties from book sales, including his
autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom".
More visibly, his legacy includes a potent political and
moral brand that some of his grandchildren and
great-grandchildren have already used to market everything from
clothing to reality TV.
Some of his grandchildren have started a line of caps and
sweatshirts that feature his image under the brand "Long Walk to
Freedom". Two of his U.S.-based granddaughters starred in a
reality television show called "Being Mandela".
Such aggressive marketing - as well as reports of fighting
among family members over Mandela's money - have fuelled the
impression in South Africa that some of the family members have
exploited their world famous relative.
($1 = 11.1688 South African rand)
(Additional reporting by David Dolan and Siyabonga Sishi;
Editing by Larry King)