Mandela graves proceedings begin

2013-07-02 15:18
Mandla Mandela (Picture: AFP)

Mandla Mandela (Picture: AFP)

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Mthatha - Court proceedings over the Mandela gravesite got underway in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha on Tuesday afternoon.

Over a dozen Mandela family members approached the court last week, and were granted a court order stating that critically ill Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela return to Qunu the remains of three family members he had exhumed and reburied in his home village of Mvezo two years ago.

The family members claim Mandla - the official chief of the Madiba clan - had not informed them or consulted them on the move.

Mandla had indicated he would oppose the exhumations.

The three exhumed graves are those of former president Mandela's eldest son, Mandla's father, Makgato Mandela, who died in 2005; Mandela's first daughter Makaziwe, who died as an infant in 1948; and Mandela's second son Madiba Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969.

Earlier on Tuesday, Judge Lusindiso Pakade ruled that the matter be held in open court after a request from the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef).

None of the parties involved in the legal battle objected to the request.

Read more on:    sanef  |  mandla mandela  |  nelson mandela  |  east london  |  mandela graves saga

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