Mandela vs Mandela back in court

2013-07-02 08:20

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The court battle over the reburial of the remains of three of former president Nelson Mandela’s children is set to continue in the Mthatha High Court today.

One of the lawyers involved in the matter, Wiseman Sigadla, said Mandla Mandela’s legal team had been afforded an opportunity to argue its case before Judge Lusindiso Pakade yesterday.

The case is set to resume at 11am today, with Mandla’s legal team expected to file supporting documents.

The application, brought by 16 members of the Mandela family, seeks to return the remains of Makgatho, Thembekile and Makaziwe Mandela to Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

This comes after Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, removed the remains of his father and two of his siblings from Qunu and reburied them in Mvezo.

An interim interdict was granted against Mandla on Friday.

The case has been heard in the judge’s chambers.

No members of the public or the media were allowed because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Neither Mandla nor his relatives were present at court yesterday.

But Mandela family members were seen at the Mandela house in Qunu, Lubabalo Ngcukana reports.

Mandela’s eldest daughter, Makaziwe, and granchildren Ndileka and Ndaba, as well as Mandla and his mother, Nolusapho, were seen at the house.

Mandla and his mother spent only about 20 minutes there.

Meanwhile, a traditional healer has said the relocation of the human spirit was far more important than the relocation of human remains.

“The relocation of the remains is meaningless if the spirit is not relocated,” said the general secretary of the Professional Association of African and Traditional Practitioners of South Africa, Solly Nduku.

“That can be conducted without tampering with the remains,” he said.

Nduku also said the wrath of the ancestors could be shown through infighting, havoc and differences within a family.

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