Why?Mandelas rushed to court

2013-06-30 06:00

Today, City Press reveals what the motivation was for an urgent court application that has all but isolated Madiba’s heir, chief Mandla Mandela, from the rest of his family.

On Friday afternoon, Judge Lusindiso Pakade of the Mthatha High Court, issued an interim order interdicting Mandla from preventing the reburial of the remains of three of Nelson Mandela’s children and from interfering with the process, which was expected to be concluded in the next few days.

At a family meeting on Tuesday, Mandla was admonished for not having sought permission from the family for the 2011 reburials of Makgatho, Thembekile and Makaziwe, and was told to release the remains to be transported back to Qunu.

A source close to the case said Mandla tried to be “clever” by taking the remains of Madiba’s children to Mvezo.

The source said burying Madiba in Mvezo was part of Mandla’s plan to turn his village into a tourist attraction. Infrastructure in the village was upgraded recently.

» Get City Press newspaper today to read why the family told the court the exhumations should be done urgently.

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