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SAfrican court rejects Winnie's claim to Mandela rural home

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, May 24, 2011 file photo, a woman passes the rural home of the late former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa. A South African court ruled Thursday, April 7, 2016 that Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has no rights to his rural home. Mandela's third wife Graca Machel was the main beneficiary. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, May 24, 2011 file photo, a woman passes the rural home of the late former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa. A South African court ruled Thursday, April 7, 2016 that Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has no rights to his rural home. Mandela's third wife Graca Machel was the main beneficiary. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2013 file photo, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Nelson Mandela's former wife, and Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel watch as the former South African president's casket arrives at the Mthatha airport, South Africa near Mandela's hometown of Qunu. A South African court ruled Thursday, April 7, 2016 that Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has no rights to his rural home. Mandela's third wife Graca Machel was the main beneficiary. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool Photo via AP, file)

    FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2013 file photo, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Nelson Mandela's former wife, and Nelson Mandela‚Äôs widow Graca Machel watch as the former South African president's casket arrives at the Mthatha airport, South Africa near Mandela's hometown of Qunu. A South African court ruled Thursday, April 7, 2016 that Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has no rights to his rural home. Mandela's third wife Graca Machel was the main beneficiary. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool Photo via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

A South African court has ruled that Nelson Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has no rights to his rural home.

South African media reported Thursday that a court dismissed Madikizela-Mandela's claim to the Qunu property, where the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first black president is buried.

The couple divorced in 1996 and Mandela, who died in 2013, did not mention Madikizela-Mandela in his will.

Madikizela-Mandela challenged the will, saying she acquired the Qunu property when Mandela was jailed during white minority rule and was entitled to the home in line with local custom.

Mandela bequeathed his $4.1 million estate to family, staff members, schools and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa. His third wife, Graca Machel, was the main beneficiary.