Mandela vs Mandela: New court application studied by judge

2013-07-03 18:03

A decision on Mandla Mandela’s application to rescind a Mthatha High Court order which compels him to move the remains of his grandfather’s children from Mvezo to Qunu is expected later today.

This, while health department officials had already started digging to find the remains of three of former president Nelson Mandela’s children in Mvezo, Eastern Cape, police have said.

“The graves are not marked, but when they find the coffins they will identify the remains,” Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said.

“Police are on the scene monitoring the situation.”

A new judge was studying the ruling, made earlier today by Judge Lusindiso Pakade.

This ruling compelled Mandla Mandela, former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, to return the remains of his father, Makgatho Mandela, his aunt, Makaziwe Mandela, and uncle, Madiba Thembekile Mandela, to Qunu.

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

A group of 16 Mandela family members approached the court to have the bodies exhumed and moved back to the family graveyard in Qunu.

Earlier today, Mandla said, through his spokesperson, Freddy Pilusa, that he would abide by the court decision “while at the same time continuing to fight for his right to put on record his side of the story”.

Pilusa said Mandla had “on numerous occasions indicated that he is not against the repatriation of the remains in question”, James Styan reports.

The court had ordered that the exhumations take place by 3pm this afternoon but proceedings were held up when the gate to the Mvezo village had to be forced open with a pick-axe.

Video: The Herald

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