Mandela remains to be buried on Thursday – police

2013-07-03 21:06

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The remains of three children of former president Nelson Mandela are expected to be buried in Qunu tomorrow, police have confirmed.

The remains of Makgatho, Makaziwe and Thembekile were exhumed in Mvezo this afternoon after a court order was granted in favour of 16 members of the Mandela family, to dig them up and rebury them in Qunu.

The family members took Mandla Mandela, one of Nelson Mandela’s grandchildren, to court after he had dug up the remains and reinterred them in Mvezo in 2011, without the family’s consent.

Mthatha police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said the remains would be kept at the Titi Funeral Home in Mthatha and would be buried in Qunu tomorrow after forensics tests had been completed.

“Yes, I can confirm that the remains were found in Mvezo and will remain at the funeral parlour tonight and then tomorrow at 9am police will visit the funeral home to take the remains for forensic tests before they can be buried in Qunu afterwards,” Fatyela said.

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