South Africa & World

Mandela’s House In Sorry State

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17 March 2021: While construction continues at one of Former President Nelson Mandela’s first house in Houghton, the home on 12th street where the icon died is being neglected. Pictured is overgrown grass at the main entrance of the home. Through the Nelson Mandela Foundation the house on 13th Street will be converted into a botique hotel that hopes to take visitors on a trip about the Icon’s life before and after Robben Island. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/Sunday Times

By Staff Reporter

South Africa-The late former South African president Nelson Mandela’s house is now in a sorry state after family is failing to pay bills for its maintenance.

The once elegant Houghton house which was used to host world’s top figures while the former president was alive, is now an eyesore.

The electric gate is damaged with portions of the roof fascia missing or collapsing. The tennis court is falling down and the tiled roof of one of the buildings sagging.

The once-manicured pavement garden where well-wishers placed stones painted with messages of hope shortly before Madiba’s death in 2013 is now overgrown and littered with rubbish.

Mandela’s grandchildren Ndaba, Mbuso and Andile have been staying at the house since last year.

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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