Mandela case built on a lie

2013-07-07 07:47
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Johannesburg - The rushed court decision to rebury three of Nelson Mandela’s children in Qunu was based on a lie, the Sunday Times newspaper reports.

David Smith, an advocate representing Mandela’s daughter, Makaziwe, and 15 other family members, told acting Judge Lusindiso Pakade that the Mandela family had been advised to switch off the former president’s life support as he was in a permanent vegetative state.

Attorney Wesley Hayes, cited by Smith as the source of the report on Mandela’s state of health, declined to say who had provided the report.

The false claim that Mandela’s doctors would attest in an affidavit encouraged Pakade to accelerate proceedings. Pakade ordered the reburial as a matter of urgency. The remains of three of Mandela's children were then exhumed and reburied in Qunu on Thursday.

The Sunday Times reported however that the medical affidavit was never written.

Meanwhile, Sapa reports that a complaint will be lodged against the lawyers for misleading the courts on Mandela's condition.

"We still need to formalise the complaint but certainly on my client's side he has instructed me to lay a complaint both to the Law Society and the bar council," said lawyer Gary Jansen, who is acting on behalf of Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela.

"The point is they applied to court as a matter of urgency and they relied on certain affidavits in particular with regards to the health of the president which wasn't true," Jansen said.

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