Nelson Mandela health 'perilous' - family

2013-07-03 16:58

Mthatha - Former president Nelson Mandela's health is "perilous", according to an affidavit filed in the Eastern Cape High Court by more than a dozen members of his family.

"Affidavits will be provided at the hearing of this application from his [Mandela's] treating physicians that he is assisted in breathing by a life support machine," the document from Makaziwe Mandela and others said.

"The anticipation of his impending death is based on real and substantial grounds."

The papers were filed last Friday, but only made available in court on Wednesday.

Madiba's eldest grandson, and chief of Mvezo, Mandla Mandela moved the remains of Mandela's three children from Qunu to Mvezo in 2011, without the consent of his relatives.

The high court in Mthatha ruled against Mandla Mandela on Wednesday, after he tried to have a court order compelling him to return the remains to Qunu overturned.

In his ruling on the graves of the former president's three children, Mthatha high court Judge Lusindiso Pakade ordered the sheriff of the court to exhume the graves at Mandla Mandela's property in Mvezo at 15:00 and move them to the family farm in Qunu for reburial.

Mandla Mandela has since launched a second application to rescind this court order.

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

  • Mahlatse Patience - 2013-07-03 17:07

    They must just do those stuff far away from Tata because they started all those things while old man is fighting for his life,they should have done all those long before,why now?

  • Maretha Mineur - 2013-07-03 17:10

    I do not think anybody still believes Madiba is alive...

      FerretGee - 2013-07-03 17:19

      Of course he is still alive, there is no way that his death could be kept under wraps for long. Apart from the fact that the ANC can't keep anything secret, it would take a monumental effort for the hospital staff to keep quiet and as we all know, it is an African trait that family and friends wail at the death of a loved one and you can bet your last cent that when Madiba dies, the wailing will be heard for miles around so keeping his death quiet simply has not happened. (Mark my words!)

      Janet - 2013-07-03 23:06

      Technically, the poor man probably isn't - that's what life support is all about. This whole Indiana has been disgusting and insensitive and is embarrassing all round.

  • Vuyiswa Mgidlana - 2013-07-03 17:11

    This is the beginning of a 27yrs long family fued the best is yet to come. Shame on all of you.

  • Ben Matome - 2013-07-03 17:20

    danx 4rm de magistrate court 4 helping mandela's famaly 2 archief wt de nied danx Mandla...

      Ivan Frantz - 2013-07-03 17:41


      Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-03 18:37

      ??? Maybe translate into a language - any language!

      Jean Berendjen Pretorius Geldenhuys - 2013-07-03 19:02

      Ben Matome - you spoke?

  • DumAss Blackie - 2013-07-03 17:21

    Yep - I would call being dead quite 'perilous'..... Scumbags!

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-04 09:28

      DumAss Have to agree with you there. "criticle, but stable", stable but critical" and now "perilous". Amazing words ! Never heard of 'perilous' before this for a person who is on life support ! Just switch off the machines. For heaven's sake, Mediclinic is wasting the Taxpayers Money !!

  • Lungisa Nhlakanipho Zondi - 2013-07-03 17:56

    wicked people!!

  • Ld van Vuuren - 2013-07-03 18:45

    The remaining Mandela's reminds me of the hyena's in the Lion King; Laughing madly, clamouring and drooling at the mouth for a piece of the pie. Jeez guys - what happened to dignity? Respect for the Elders, for the reverence of Madiba? You are shaming our Nation!

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-07-03 19:13

    "Perilous" I presume it means something not good! Call me stupid but I don't know the word! Just a proud Afrikaner ...asume there is other language users who also battle with its meaning. Why don't they just say that Pres Mandela is gravely ill...Ps: do not have a dictionary!!!

      Twolips - 2013-07-03 20:28

      Jammies, my woordeboek se: "gevaarlik". Ek dink hulle bedoel sy lewe hang aan 'n draadjie.

      Jammies Jamneck - 2013-07-03 20:56

      Thanks! Wonder what tomorrows tongue and brainfreezer word gonno be...maybe supercalifragilisticexpialidocious...or maybe that other longest word....

  • Ann Ornelas - 2013-07-03 19:37

    What a mess

  • Amanda Short - 2013-07-04 12:46

    Madiba ... vir my sal jy altyd die President van ons "Rainbow Nation" bly! ... al wat ek kan doen is om vir jou steeds te bid. Mag God se ryklike genade en liefde, jou omring vir nou en vir ewig. Amen

  • Kawalla Kings - 2013-07-04 16:33

    Ek glo dat Nelson Mandela se werk op arde gedoen ht wat wag is net dat almal moet vrede met mekaar maak e hom lat gaan

  • Jocelyn Milne - 2013-07-05 14:42

    Mr Mandela has sacraficed and suffered enough for this country and the world. His family should now allow him a dignified death. Stop the squabbling, switch off the machines. He deserves so much more. Shame on you all.

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