No decision on Mandla case

2013-07-13 00:00

THE Eastern Cape police have been told to collect more evidence before the deputy director of public prosecutions in Mthatha makes a decision on whether to prosecute Mandla Mandela for the violation of graves.

“No decision has been taken on whether to prosecute. It transpired that there are outstanding aspects of evidence the police need to collect,” Eastern Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said yesterday.

“We instructed the investigating officer to tie up those loose ends and after that we will make a decision,” Tyali said.

He said the task of the investigating officer would now be to get more information to enable the NPA to decide whether it has a strong case or not.

The development comes after the docket on the alleged violation of a grave was handed to the NPA by the police.

The criminal charge was opened on Tuesday last week by Mandla’s family at the Bityi police station, outside Mthatha.

On Wednesday last week, the Mthatha high court order Mandla to return the remains of three children of former president Nelson Mandela — Magkatho, Thembekile and the infant Makaziwe — that were exhumed in Qunu and reburied at Mvezo in 2011.

The remains were exhumed from Mvezo soon after the court order was granted.

After DNA tests confirmed that the remains were those of Mandela’s children, they were reburied at his homestead at Qunu.

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