Nelson Mandela’s drivers and bodyguards, and schools he attended, received cash payouts on Friday from the former South African president’s 46 million rand ($2.9 million) estate, 2 1/2 years after he died.
The employees, including his house cleaners, were each handed checks for 50,000 rand while two schools and two universities were given 100,000 rand apiece in the first payments following the Nobel laureate’s death in December 2013. The bulk of the money was awarded to Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, and his family.
Mandela always said “‘I will be giving to people who worked and helped me through my life and I give this money to the schools that brought me here,’” Dikgang Moseneke, a retired judge and an executor of the estate, said in an interview.
Mandela, who served as the nation’s first democratically elected president from 1994 to 1999 after leading South Africa out of white-minority rule, died on Dec. 5, 2013, at the age of 95. The finalization of his estate has been delayed because of a dispute between his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and Machel over the rights to his rural home in Eastern Cape province, where he is buried.