Graves saga: Mandelas file affidavits

2013-08-08 21:07
Mandla Mandela (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Lawyers for 16 Mandela family members, who want the remains of three of their relatives to stay in Qunu, have filed answering affidavits in the High Court in Mthatha, City Press reported on its website on Thursday.

Wesley Hayes, representing the 16, said the papers were filed on Wednesday and that he was consulting further with his clients.

Mandela family members opened the case against Mandla Mandela in July after he admitted to exhuming the remains two years ago.

The remains are those of former president Nelson Mandela's eldest son Madiba Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969, Mandla Mandela's father Makgatho Mandela, who died in 2005, and Mandela's first daughter Makaziwe Mandela, who died as an infant in 1948.

On 3 July, the three sets of remains were exhumed from Mandla's home in the village of Mvezo, in accordance with a court order.

The remains were reburied at Nelson Mandela's home in Qunu the following day.

On 18 July, Mandla Mandela’s lawyers sought a rescission of the court order.

Hayes and his team indicated their intention to oppose the application, and were given two weeks to file their answering documents.

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