Mandla Mandela denies family rift

2013-06-27 08:11

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Ailing former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela has denied there is tension between him and his aunt Makaziwe Mandela.

Newspapers reported yesterday that he allegedly stormed out of a family meeting in Qunu on Tuesday.

According to the reports, he allegedly moved the graves of three of Mandela’s children from Qunu to Mvezo in 2011, apparently without consulting the family.

It was reported the family wanted the graves of Mandela’s sons Makgatho and Thembekile, and daughter Makaziwe, to be returned to Qunu.

“Chief Zwelivelile [Mandla Mandela] has no issues with any authorised person in the family repatriating any or all of the graves,” Mandla Mandela’s spokesman Freddy Pilusa was quoted as telling The Star today.

“Mvezo is the birthplace and traditional home of the Mandelas, and thereby lies its historic and heritage significance.”

He said Mandla Mandela would not comment now on plans for his grandfather’s burial.

The 94-year-old former president was admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital on June 8 for treatment of a recurring lung infection.

The presidency said in a statement on Tuesday that he remained in a critical condition.

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