Mandela forced to pay wife
The Eastern Cape legislature will have to play nanny with Mandla Mandela's salary to ensure his estranged first wife receives her monthly allowance.
Mandela, the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, is an ANC MP.
For the past year he has ignored a maintenance court order, handed down in May last year, instructing him to pay Tando Mabunu-Mandela maintenance of R12500 a month.
As a result, every three months after that, Mabunu-Mandela has had to approach the court to fight for her cash.
A writ would be issued and Mandela's goods would be attached.
She would also receive payment for the outstanding three months.
Yesterday, the maintenance section of the Mthatha Magistrate's Court placed a garnishee on Mandela's parliamentary salary.
He was not in court when it was issued.
A warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court has been issued.
Our sister newspaper, The Herald, has seen the copy of the warrant.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luxolo Tyali confirmed that R12500 would be deducted from Mandela's parliamentary salary.
Mabunu-Mandela had instituted criminal charges with the Bityi police station in July this year after she claimed her husband had once again skipped payments.
Mandela's bank accounts had allegedly been emptied and the sheriff no longer had access to his funds.
Mabunu-Mandela and Mandela are divorcing.
Mandela was one of the judges of the Miss World pageant held in Ordos, China at the weekend.
It is not clear when he will return home.