By law and custom, Matanzima was also Mandela’s nephew as they came from the same royal family. He was involved in a dispute related to elections of the Student Representative Council (SRC) in 1940.
Mandela refused to take his seat on the council as the majority of the students had not voted in the election.
This made him the head of the clan by both blood and custom.
Gadla was also known to be a close confident and senior councillor to his cousin, King Jongintaba Dalindyebo.
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Mandela in Umtata, in his first suit, presented to him by the Regent, Jongintaba. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was the son of Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Henry Mgadla Mandela, a chief and chief councillor to the paramount chief of the Thembu and a member of the Madiba clan.Mandela was the first member of his family to attend high school and he developed a love for boxing and long-distance running.He also developed a great interest in African culture (under the influence of his teacher, Mr Newana).The adoption into this family meant that Mandela became part of the royal family.This adoption also meant that Mandela moved from Qunu to ‘the Great Place’ at Mqhekezweni.This incident highlights the tension that existed between the indigenous leadership structures and the imposed colonial administration.The Mandela family was thus forced to move to Qunu, a little village in the Eastern Cape.He has also been known as Dalibunga, his circumcision name, as well as Madiba, his clan name.His father, Gadla, was one of the grandsons of Ngubengcuka, a king of the aba Thembu and leader of the Madiba clan.He matriculated at Healdtown Methodist Boarding School in 1938 and as such, formed part of a very small number of black pupils who had attained a high school education in the South African.The patronage of Mandela’s relative, Paramount Chief Dalindyebo, resulted in Mandela joining the Regent’s son, Justice, at the University of Fort Hare, near Alice in the Eastern Cape, the only university for Blacks (African, Coloured and Indian) in South Africa at the time.