Mandla to fight court ruling

2013-07-03 14:56
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Mandela family in court

The feud surrounding the family grave site in Qunu brought members of Nelson Mandela's family to court on Tuesday. See photos.

Mthatha - Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla gave notice on Wednesday that he will file an application to rescind an Eastern Cape High Court order to move the remains of his grandfather's children from Mvezo to Qunu.

"We have just been served with another [notice of an] application for a rescission by the respondent's [Mandla Mandela's] attorneys," said legal counsel for the Mandela family, Wesley Hayes.

Hayes was unable to say whether the new application would delay the exhumations, which were expected to take place at 14:00 on Wednesday.

However, Eyewitness News tweeted that Mandla’s spokesperson said he will not prevent the exhumation of the remains but will continue to "fight for his rights".

The move comes on the same day Mandla Mandela lost a legal bid to overturn a court order compelling him to return the remains of his father Makgatho Mandela, his aunt Makaziwe Mandela, and uncle Madiba Thembekile Mandela to Qunu.

He exhumed and moved the graves from Qunu to Mvezo, where he holds the chieftainship, in 2011.

Over a dozen Mandela family members approached the court to have the bodies exhumed again and moved back to the family graveyard in Qunu.

Leaving the courthouse, where she observed proceedings, Madiba's eldest daughter Makaziwe Mandela said: "It will remain a private matter."

Mandla Mandela, who was not present, was ordered to pay the costs of the case.

Dozens of journalists from news organisations around the world sped off soon after the ruling to photograph and film the exhumations at Mandla Mandela's home in Mvezo.

- SAPA
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