Mandla: Mandela family doesn’t talk

2013-07-04 12:48

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Mandla Mandela says he had to play catch-up from Monday when he first became aware of the court action by family members to have the remains of three family members moved from Mvezo to Qunu.

Mandla says he has been working in the community “struggling with a difficult winter” when he was made aware, through the media, of the application against him.

He says he has had no chance in court to give his side of the story.

“It points to a sad state of the judiciary when even an idiot is not able to get a chance to be heard. I am therefore highly disappointed.”

Mandla Mandela says he has no say as to where Mandela should be buried.

He says that information is in the will of Mandela that is still confidential.

“But my grandfather did say he wants to be buried in Qunu.”

Asked why he had moved the remains in the first place, Mandla said: “I was getting instructions from my aunt on the burial matters of my grandfather and I decided to move the remains temporarily till my grandfather’s wishes are known.”

Mandla says in the Mandela family it is the norm “that there is not much consultation”.

“Even last week I was ordered (by the rest of the family) to move the pigs off the farm in Qunu. All of us know my grandfather is a passionate farmer. Today, all that is being eroded with no consultation.”

He says the family has to redefine itself.

“We need to be clear who is part of this family. Currently we seem to be on a Mandela wagon where everyone wants to be a Mandela.”

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