Mandela family fights over gravesites

Last updated 01:00 01/07/2013
Mandla Mandela
Reuters

NOT KEEN ON MOVE: Mandla Mandela says he is compelled to take action against 16 other family members who want the remains of three family members moved.

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Nelson Mandela's grandson says he will contest a court order for him to move the remains of three family members to their original gravesite.

The family feud comes as Mandela, 94, remained in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital. The grandson, Mandla Mandela, issued a statement overnight (NZ time) saying he was compelled to take action against 16 other family members who had pressed the case. 

The court orders that the remains of Nelson Mandela’s three deceased children should be moved back to the family gravesite in Qunu from the nearby village of Mvezo, according to South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper.

The Mandela family feud over the gravesite is apparently a prelude to a disagreement over where Nelson Mandela’s remains will stay.

Both sides expressed regret over the public case.

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