‘Can the real Mandelas stand up?’

2013-07-05 16:41

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The family of Nelson Mandela, including his grandson, Ndaba, visited the ailing former president in hospital today for the first time since Mandla Mandela’s public outburst yesterday.

Mandla, one of Nelson Mandela’s grandchildren, seemed to have been particularly angered by comments attributed to his brother, Ndaba, that Mandla was not the legitimate heir of Mvezo.

He retorted with a revelation that Ndaba was the product of an affair his (Mandla’s) father, Makgatho, had with a married woman.

Mandla also said many of the people who were applicants in the recent court case against him had no say in Mandela family business.

He mentioned his aunt, Makaziwe, by name, adding that she should rather focus on her marriage.

This morning, two other Mandela grandchildren, sisters Swati and Zaziwe, visited the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where their grandfather is being treated.

Shortly after arriving, they tweeted: “Can the real Mandela’s stand up! Lol (laugh out loud)”.

Swati and Zaziwe posted the tweet from their account, named after their reality show, Being Mandela, which is currently on air.

Mandla was embroiled in a court battle with the rest of the Mandela family over his removal of the remains of his father, an uncle and an aunt from Qunu to Mvezo in Eastern Cape.

He lost the court battle when he was instructed to return the remains to Qunu, a decision that incensed Mandla, the Mvezo chief.

Ndaba arrived at 1.30pm with an unidentified female companion, a few hours after Makaziwe, Swati, Zaziwe and Zaziwe’s husband, David Manaway, had left the hospital.

The “wall of wishes” at the hospital has seen a growing number of pastors from various congregations praying outside the hospital, with more than six prayers having taken place since the morning.

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