The other Nelson Mandela House, many locals believe it, many don’t agree, why don’t you visit and do your one research.
According to Mike and Ema, Nelson Mandela first lived with his cousin, also of the Madiba clan, in Crown Mines, where cousin Robert Mosongulu Mugudlwa was a clerk.
The two cousins married two sisters, from the Engcobo area, their heritage the amaQwathi clan, Nelson Mandela marred Evelyn, her sister Kate, mother to Ema, married Robert Mosongulu Mugudlwa, and close to this heritage, was the brother Sam Mase, who first lived in 5818.
Sam, a devout Christian, had a close friendship with his cousin, Walter Sisulu, with whom he went to school.
In 1928, Sisulu moved to Johannesburg, later to be joined there by Sam, who soon became politicised, and encouraged Sisulu to read left-wing literature and join the ANC.
In 1939, Evelyn joined her brother and cousin, to train as a nurse in the city’s non-European hospital at Hillbrow, fulfilling the wishes of her late mother.
There, she befriended Walter’s girlfriend Albertina, whom he had met in 1941, and whom he would marry in 1944.
The archives will tell conflicting stories about religion and politics, and how these two issues allegedly caused Evelyn to split from Nelson Mandela, yet, still remaining very much part of the Sisulu family.
Following the divorce, ‘who divorced who’ I am never sure, Sam Mase relocated to Engcobo, and his home, 5818, was available to his sister Evelyn and her children to continue with their lives.
Nelson Mandela was often seen visiting the children, and maybe why he has been linked to this house.
Please visit and allow your own understanding to be challenged.