Mandela grave spat set for court

2013-07-01 14:29

Mthatha - A legal spat between former president Nelson Mandela's eldest grandson Mandla and members of the family over a grave site is set to resume in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha on Monday.

Mandla Mandela, who is the official head of the Madiba clan and an ANC Member of Parliament, had the remains of three family members exhumed from Mandela's home in Qunu and re-buried in his home village of Mvezo two years ago.

On Friday, 16 members of the Mandela family, led by Mandela's eldest daughter Makaziwe, 60, were granted an order by the high court for Mandla Mandela to return the remains to Qunu.

The three exhumed graves are those of Mandela's eldest son and Mandla's father Makgato Mandela who died in 2005, Mandela's first daughter Makaziwe who died as an infant in 1948, and Mandela's second son Madiba Thembekile who died in a car accident in 1969.

Former president Mandela, who is in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, has said he wants to be buried in Qunu alongside his family.

Mandla Mandela, who was named the chief of Mvezo after the death of Makgatho Mandela in 2005, is due to respond to the order in court on Monday.

He claims that Mvezo, where he is building a multi-million rand hotel, is the birthplace of the Mandelas and holds historic significance.

‘Mandla stormed out of meeting’

A Mandela family member told Sapa that when the matter was raised at a family meeting in Qunu last week, Mandla Mandela refused to answer why he moved the graves without consulting the family and stormed out of the meeting.

"When Mandla was ordered to bring back the remains, he stormed out," the family member said.

Mandla Mandela was taken to court by a community member last year for digging up community graves to build the hotel. The case is still to be heard in court.

A member of the Mandela family told the Dispatch newspaper on Monday that Mandla Mandela would be "on his way down and out of the family" when Nelson Mandela died.

"He stole the remains of Madiba’s children from Qunu to Mvezo in 2011 because he knew that he [Nelson Mandela] would want to be buried with [his] children, and that would be his diamond field," the family member told the newspaper.

Mandla Mandela said in a statement on Sunday he was "regrettably compelled" to go to court and respond to the action.

"The way we are handling this matter is contrary to our customs and a deep disappointment to my grandfather and his ancestors," he said.

The case had not yet resumed by Monday afternoon.

  • Perold Kotze - 2013-07-01 14:35

    "Former president Mandela, who is in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, has said he wants to be buried in Qunu alongside his family." What is difficult about this statement? Is Mandla born like this, or has he been f... like this?

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-01 15:00

      So this little spat will take us to 17th July, sorted out by the Court and Madiba can get buried on his 95th birthday on the 18th in Qunu. If the fighting starts now already can you imagine afterwards.

      Johnny Better - 2013-07-01 15:09

      You see, if he can get a lot of Mandelas buried in one site, and he has some land in the area, he can build a koeka-shop that sells all sort of memorabilia. He stands to make a lot of money selling all those effigies. Almost like a Graceland, except this is SA.

      kalabafazi - 2013-07-01 15:22

      This is what I like to see. All these Mandela glory seekers fighting amongst themselves like common rabble. There is and will only ever be one honourable member of this family and I can only hope he is to far gone to realise how his name is going to be dragged through the proverbial mud by his spoilt and useless children and grand children. Where the name Mandela was synonymous with fighting for peace and unity it will become the name of squabbling, court cases and money grabbing.

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-07-01 15:52

      @ John. That would be called wasteland?

  • Bennie Kruger - 2013-07-01 14:42

    Why does every job have to be done more than once to get it right ???

  • Maartins Siphiso - 2013-07-01 14:54

    Disgusting behaviour from the family

  • WernerPretorius39 - 2013-07-01 14:58

    This is ridiculous... And it's all about money... Because who controls the grave site, then control the rates to allow visitors to visit the final resting place of the great man... Along with the ANC, the family is currently tarnishing the Madiba legacy and he certainly does NOT deserve this. My 2 cents anyway...

  • Jimmy Kawa - 2013-07-01 15:00

    he is building a multi-million rand hotel in Mvezo. of course he wants the graves there. it will be a huge money making coup for his hotel as the future pilgrimages to the grave of Madiba will mean people will stay at his hotel. even in other people's suffering he is only out to enrich himself. what a disgrace to the name. how low will people like this stoop?

  • Darryl Maze - 2013-07-01 15:03

    This is truely disgusting at what his children are doing. Mlanda you are a disgrace to the Mandela name and so too are your sisters. If I was Madiba and I heard about this with my last breath I'd dis-own all you off the will and leave you with nothing. Your father worked hard and now you all just wanna reap his fortune. You are all truely a disgrace to the Mandela name.

  • Brad Herbert - 2013-07-01 15:04

    The Mandela family and all involved are a disgrace to Nelson Mandela These family members are disgusting, fighting for Mandela's money,and fighting over where to bury Nelson while he is still alive. WTF is wrong with them???

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-01 15:27

    Doesn't greed and the love of money just bring out the worst in people? I still don't understand how Mandla Mandela could have moved the remains without permission from authorities and without anyone knowing. He should be criminally charged.

  • Prudent MakaHope Maxazi - 2013-07-01 15:43

    Is Mandela still alive....?

  • Nathan Lombard - 2013-07-01 15:50

    @ John Better. I believe the South African version of Graceland would be known as wasteland???

  • Xiluva Rikhotso - 2013-07-01 16:04

    Can't this guy build another hotel in Qunu so he can have opportunity both sides. whether he win or loses the court, he can still get the business opportunity. unlucky if there's another hotel in qunu

  • Vibrator - 2013-07-01 18:11

    They are displaying the true colors of the Xhosa people.

  • Stinky Spice - 2013-07-01 19:57

    ... And vibrator what exactly are those colours, stereotypes, prejudice, just wtf you talking about, something your dad drummed into your head.

  • Nandi Maseng - 2013-07-02 08:36

    i think Tata drafted his will long time ago so why not give the old what he want in the will, Am deeply hurt Tata he is still alive and family fighting for his grave openly in public for what for the love of money is not about him anymore they cant wait to hear that he is finally... SHAME ON YOU MANHLA YOU ARE SUCH DISGRACE TO UR GRANDFATHER AND ANCESTORS,u wait do really think u can protect Tata legacy in future u fail to granted his last wish!

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