Mandela family in court over sale of handprints

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Nelson Mandela’s children have launched a court case against several close associates of the former president in a dispute over the control of two companies selling images of his handprints.

The case was filed in Johannesburg’s High Court by Mr Mandela’s daughters, Makaziwe and Zenani Mandela, reported the Star newspaper, and was supported by the grandchildren of the anti-apartheid leader, 94.

The main purpose of the companies was to channel funds from the sale of images of Mr Mandela’s handprints for the benefit of the Mandela family. The proceeds are estimated to be worth about £1.1 million.