Mandela family got free legal aid meant for poor


Christopher Torchia
The Daily Star
July 24, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s family has come under new scrutiny after a South African university law clinic said it gave free legal aid to a group of the former president’s relatives on the grounds that some are poor.

The revelation was met with skepticism in South Africa where poverty is endemic and a number of commentators have questioned whether a clinic that is supposed to help the needy was instead seeking benefits from association with the high-profile family.

Many South Africans were already troubled by the Mandela family feud, which has coincided with the long illness of the 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader. Mandela was taken to a hospital on June 8 to be treated for a lung infection; the government says he is improving but remains in critical condition.

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