Mandla calls for review

2013-07-06 00:00

MANDLA Mandela has instructed his legal team to lodge an application to review the order granted by the Mthatha high court authorising the exhumation of the remains of his relatives and their reburial in Qunu.

“We have asked the legal team to reverse this decision. I don’t know if they have lodged papers yet. I can only confirm that tomorrow [Saturday],” Mandla’s spokesperson Freddy Pilusa said last night.

The latest legal action was not to exhume the remains that were reburied in Qunu on Thursday, but was based on the implications of Wednedsay’s court order.

“It is not his intention to have the remains exhumed. This [Wednesday’s order] has implications considering that there are criminal charges laid against him,” Pilusa said.

“If it is not reversed, it will mean an automatic guilt on his part and that he may have criminal record.”

Pilusa also said Mandla was not making a U-turn after he told a press conference on Thursday that he would not challenge the legal action brought by 15 family members, including his aunt Makaziwe Mandela.

“A lot had gone wrong in the granting of the order,” he said, before insisting it was not Mandla’s intention to have the remains exhumed in Qunu and reburied in Mvezo again.

In his reaction, Wesley Hayes, who acts for Makaziwe and the 14 other applicants, including Graça Machel, said at this point he was unaware of any formal application brought against his clients.

Meanwhile, investigators have collected “most of the evidence” in the grave tampering case involving Mandla, and will give the docket to a senior prosecutor on Tuesday, Mthatha police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said.

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