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Graca has 90 days to contest will

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel has 90 days to decide whether she will waive her right to half of his estate, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said on Monday.

“The marriage between former president Mandela and Mrs Machel was in community of property,” he said while reading Mandela's will out in Johannesburg.

Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel attends a send-off ceremony for late former president Mandela at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria. REUTERS/Yves Herman. Credit: REUTERS

Moseneke explained that when a couple was married in community of property they were entitled to 50 percent of the estate if one of the partner's die.

“She may opt to have exactly half of the estate. It's an election that needs to happen in 90 days... that's still pending.”

He said Machel had not yet given her decision.

The provisional assessment of Mandela's estate was about R46-million.

Read the executive summary of Nelson Mandela's will. (PDF)

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