Reports of family meeting at Nelson Mandela's home

2013-12-05 18:42
Mandla Mandela (Picture: AFP)

Mandla Mandela (Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A court appearance by former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla on gun-related charges was delayed on Thursday, amid rumours of a family meeting at the critically ill icon's home.

"He's not appearing tomorrow [Friday]," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luxolo Tyali told AFP.

"His lawyers have made arrangements that he presents himself to court on the 12th of December."

Mandela's grandson was due to appear in court on Friday in the Eastern Cape to answer charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and pointing a firearm related to a road incident in October.

"My client left the Eastern Cape this morning, to where I don't know," his advocate Matthew Mpahlwa told AFP.

Meanwhile vehicles lined the street outside the 95-year-old Mandela's house in Johannesburg where he is receiving around the clock home-based intensive care.

'Deathbed'

Earlier this week, Mandela's daughter Makaziwe said her father was still fighting from his "deathbed" and was still "very strong" and "very courageous".

"Even when there are moments when you can see he's struggling, but the fighting spirit is still there with him."

Grandson Ndaba told the SABC that Mandela was "not doing well at home in bed" where he been treated since being discharged from a nearly three month hospital stay for a lung infection earlier this year.

Mac Maharaj, spokesperson for the presidency, which is the official channel for updates on Mandela's health, said his condition of stable but critical, was unchanged.

"My last update stands," he said.

The prosecution said Mandla's court delay, which was arranged on Thursday, was normal practice, but did not give details of the lawyers' discussions.

"It's a normal practice more especially when someone is not around because he's apparently not in the province so we do understand," said Tyali.


Read more on:    nelson mandela  |  johannesburg

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
58 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.