South Africa battling to block Nelson Mandela auction

The government of South Africa is battling to prevent the eldest daughter of the late former President Nelson Mandela from selling 70 items belonging to the beloved anti-apartheid leader.

Including an ID card, hearing aids, clothing, gifts from world leaders, and his iconic “Madiba” shirts, Makaziwe Mandela is trying to auction off the collection in the United States.

Leaders in South Africa argue that the items belong to their country, as, per South African law, items deemed to be of national heritage are prohibited from being taken from the nation, according to a report.

Thus, the South African Heritage Resources Agency, the nation’s governing body charged with protecting the nation’s culture and heritage, filed an appeal to prevent the auction from moving forward.

Stopping the sale is “for the sake of maintaining
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