Nelson Mandela's R46 Million Abandoned Houghton mansion: Image source @ Twitter

Nelson Mandela’s last moments were spent at home in the beautiful leafy-green R46 Million mansion of Houghton, Johannesburg. However the Mandela family has left Nelson Mandela’s mansion in Johannesburg deserted, and it now presents a ghostly and decayed appearance.

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The former President, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 95, had his private residence, the Mandela Mansion, located in Houghton Estate, Johannesburg. After his death, the property was transferred to the Zindzi Mandela Family Trust. Despite the mansion now being under the control of Zindzi Mandela, it has been completely neglected and is depreciating in value.

Inside Nelson Mandela’s R46 Million Abandoned Houghton mansion

Nelson Mandela’s R46 Million Abandoned Houghton mansion: Image source @ Twitter

In 2014, the R46 million mansion was vandalized and partially demolished by squatters who began residing there after the Mandela family abandoned it. This caused a public outcry. Neighbors have reported to IOL that rats are rampant in the overgrown vegetation, and people are littering and urinating on the pavement. Despite complaints, no action has been taken due to the property’s ownership by a prominent family. The property, worth R46 million rands, is owned by an individual who sought legal aid for a burial dispute last year.

Nine years later, Nelson Mandela’s house has deteriorated and degenerated into a pitiful ruin. Images circulating online depict unattended thick grass growing outside the boundary wall. The toilet seats and basins have discolored into an unappealing brownish-cream hue, and spider webs now adorn the taps.

Nelson Mandela's R46 Million Abandoned Houghton mansion
Nelson Mandela’s R46 Million Abandoned Houghton mansion: Image source @ Twitter

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Nelson Mandela’s R46 Million Abandoned Houghton mansion: Image source @ Twitter

Termites have been relentlessly devouring the wooden doors, resulting in a house filled with wood chaff. The walls of Mandela’s home are becoming increasingly dirty each day, and the stained ceilings could collapse at any moment. Nelson Mandela’s house now stands as a haunting reminder of its past glory.

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By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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