South Africa: lawyers seek recognition for 2 women alleged to be Nelson Mandela's daughters

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Attorneys for the families of two women who have sought to be recognized as children of Nelson Mandela have contacted the executors of his will.

Michael Katz, a lawyer for the executors, said Monday that he had received a letter citing the women's claims, but that it was not a petition for money from the will.

The Star, a South African newspaper, has reported that one of the women, Onica Mothoa, says she does not care about the anti-apartheid leader's inheritance but wants to be recognized as his daughter. The Star reported that the other woman, Mpho Pule, died several years ago.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation says Mandela had six children, and three died. It does not mention Mothoa and Pule in a genealogy.

Mandela died Dec. 5.

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