Family members leave Mandela’s Qunu house

2013-06-25 13:24

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A meeting of the Mandela family has apparently ended as family members were seen leaving the former president’s Qunu home.

Family member Mfundo Mtirara and Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela, were seen leaving the house, as well as a woman, believed to be Mandela’s daughter, Makaziwe, who covered her face with a red blanket.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomiso was also among those who had left.

Mandela left his Qunu home last December after he was rushed to a Pretoria hospital where he was treated for a recurring lung infection.

He has not returned and has been in and out of hospital ever since.

The elderly statesman is now spending his third week in Pretoria’s Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital and is said to be in a critical condition.

Earlier in the morning, Ndaba was seen visiting what is believed to be the Mandela gravesite, situated inside the yard of the Qunu residence, about 500 metres from the main house.

At one stage in the morning, five cars were seen at the gravesite where work was being done.

Ndaba was the only family member that could be identified at the gravesite, though others are believed to have also visited it this morning.

Ndaba spent 20 minutes at the site and left four other cars behind.

At 12.30pm two bakkies could still be seen.

About 15 minutes later, two other cars, a sedan and an SUV also left the gravesite and went to the main house.

A military helicopter was also seen just before 12pm, hovering over the Mandela home.

There is a growing media presence outside Madiba’s house, with both local and international journalists camped opposite the gates of the Mandela residence.

There has been no word from the family on the meeting as yet.

Mandela’s grandson and chief of Mvezo, Mandla Mandela, did not answer his phone today.

Cars entering the Mandela house were being screened by police at the gate before being allowed access.

Some motorists stopped to take pictures in front of Madiba’s gate before driving away, while others are hooting in support of the former president’s speedy recovery.

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