Mandla wants to decide where Madiba is buried

By Drum Digital
03 July 2013

Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela,  will appear in court today and it is expected that he will tell a court on Wednesday that he has a cultural right to decide where the former statesman is buried.

According to reports by Sapa, the court papers due to be served in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha will argue that as the oldest surviving male descendant, he was entitled to make the decision if his grandfather's last will and testament did not specify his burial place.

In the court papers Mandla said however that he would make a decision after consulting with Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, and Amadlomo royal families and government.

Mandla is also challenging a court decision which compels him to return the remains of three family members he had moved from Mandela's home in Qunu to his own home in the village of Mvezo in 2011.

The urgent court order to return the family remains was placed by 15 members of the Mandela family including Makaziwe Mandela, Zindzi Mandela, Zenani Mandela, his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and Machel.

Source: Sapa

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