Mandla Mandela’s court appearance delayed, advisor confirms he's in Joburg

2013-12-05 19:35

Mandla Mandela, former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, will not appear in court tomorrow amid rumours of his ailing grandfather’s deteriorating state of health.

Mandla was due to appear in court for the pointing of a firearm and assault.

This evening, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in Mthatha, Luxolo Tyali, confirmed to City Press that Mandla will not be appearing as scheduled.

“We have had an arrangement with his lawyers and we agreed that he must appear in the same court on December 12,” Tyali said.

Tyali could not discuss reasons for the sudden change of dates.

Mandla’s lawyer and royal advisor, Matthew Mpahlwa, said: “Yes we have met with the NPA and arranged for a different date for our client to appear.”

Mandla, who could not be reached for comment but told Sapa he was unaware of a family meeting, apparently flew to Joburg earlier today to attend a family meeting in Houghton where Madiba’s Joburg home is.

Mpahlwa confirmed that Mandla had gone to Joburg on the day.

“My client was supposed to go to Cape Town but as I understand it, he has since gone to Johannesburg. I don’t know where in Johannesburg or why,” he said.

Mandela, whose condition has often been described by the Presidency as “critical but stable” has been receiving around-the-clock treatment at his Houghton home following his release from hospital.

He is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj told Sapa-AFP: “My last update stands."

The NPA made the decision to prosecute Mandla on the pointing of a firearm and assault charges last week. He was formally charged this week.

This followed an apparent road-rage incident during which the Mvezo chief allegedly drew his gun and pointed it at Mthatha teacher Mlamli Ngudle in Mthatha in October.

Read: Mandla Mandela in for a rocky festive season

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