Mandla Mandela ‘storms out of meeting’

2013-06-26 08:27

Former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, reportedly stormed out of a family meeting in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, after a disagreement.

Three sources told The Star the family was torn between Mandla Mandela – who wants Mandela buried at his birthplace in Mvezo – and the rest, who felt that his wish to be buried next to his children should be respected.

The Star reported a Mandela family meeting held in Qunu yesterday was to discuss a “significant” family matter.

Mfundo Mtirara, a relative of former president Nelson Mandela, yesterday told City Press the meeting was a “highly sensitive” one and was only for the family.

The meeting was attended by the family, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa and Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

The Times reported that a group of elders planned to fly to Gauteng to assess the critically ill Mandela and decide what to do.

It reported that the meeting yesterday had focused on Mandela’s health, and on the moving of the family graves from Qunu to Mvezo in 2011. The graves were moved by Mandla Mandela.

The Times reported the family wanted the graves of three of Mandela’s children – sons Makgatho and Thembekile and daughter Makaziwe – to be in Qunu.

The newspaper reported it understood that a fuming Mandla Mandela, who moved the graves without consulting the family, stormed out of the meeting.

Mandla Mandela could not be reached for comment.

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