(full name Zwelivelile Mandela
, born 1974) is the chief
of the Mvezo
Traditional Council and the grandson of Nelson Mandela
. He graduated from Rhodes University
with a degree in Politics in 2007.
Mandela's father, Makgatho Mandela
, died in 2005, which paved his way to the head of the tribe. As the tribe did not discuss electing a member from the Mandela family until 2007, Mandla Mandela was chosen as successor
. Nelson Mandela had given up the right of Xhosa
leader nearly 70 years ago to fight white rule in South Africa
. As the tribe looked to Nelson Mandela to reclaim his clan, he suggested his grandson assume the role. When the younger Mandela became chief
in 2007, he was only 32 years old and most of his duties were said to involve tribal ceremonies, settling disputes among tribe members, and representing the tribe on political issues.
Mandla Mandela has been a Member of Parliament for the African National Congress
since the 2009 election
Mandla attended Waterford Kamhlaba
a United World College
in Swaziland until 1995.
"When a man sees that this one is ripe for marriage, then she is taken and she is put through a ceremony and then she's ready. Don't bring in white people's things such as her age," 21 June 2010, Parliament