14 August 1998
Lawyers representing the government announced on 14 August 1998 that they were suing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former president, Nelson Mandela, for more than two million rands, the equivalent value of government property she had allegedly misused or failed to return after being dismissed as Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology in 1995. Former President Nelson Mandela dismissed her eventually after the allegations of financial mismanagement and her improper conduct in the public. Following this she was forced to apologise. In addition the lawyers stated that the amount included the unauthorised use of, and damage to, a state-owned car. This also included the expenses incurred during unauthorised visits to Ghana with her bodyguards.