Sheriffs trying to auction off part of Winnie Mandela's art collection and silver tea set in order to settle an overdue debt were unable to proceed today.
After being refused entry into her Soweto home, they were unable to break down the gate as they had no papers for it. Also, there's no locksmith who's prepared to go in there.
Lawyers acting for Abbott's College, say, Mandela, still owes the college money for her grandniece's accommodation while she was studying at its northern Johannesburg institution.
An attorney representing the school said that Madikizela-Mandela owes more than £3,200, including interest and legal costs and sheriff's fees.
He said an uncleared cheque for just over a third of the overall debt had been submitted but was refused, and £280 had allegedly been given in cash to the sheriffs.
Officials from the Soweto East sheriff's office rang the bell at her residence repeatedly on Tuesday morning and banged on her tall metal gate. They departed after an hour when no one opened the door, despite movement at an upstairs window.
The matter is not over, it will have to be settled. Otherwise, we're going to go in with force, with police and the Red Ants, referring to an infamous private security force that government bodies often use to evict residents from private property or buildings.
"She's not getting away with it," said Mr Martins.
If they'd known Mandela was at her home, they could have laid a charge against her for obstructing the execution of their duties, he said, but it could not be confirmed.
The school's lawyers say they do not know when the auction will be rescheduled.