Qunu residents guided by culture - Mandla Mandela
Mandla Mandela says it's culturally unacceptable to talk about someone's death while they're alive.
CAPE TOWN - Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla says it's culturally unacceptable to talk about someone's death while they're alive.
He was explaining how people in Qunu and surrounding villages in the Eastern Cape have been dealing with the former president's hospitalisation.
Madiba is being treated for a recurring lung infection at a Pretoria hospital and recent updates on his condition have been positive and, while he's still serious, he is improving.
Mandla, who's chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council, said people in rural areas are guided by their culture and it's not right to talk about someone's death.
"It's totally unacceptable to hear about someone's passing while they're still alive."
He said the Mandela family treasure every moment they have with Madiba.
During a funeral over the weekend Mandla told mourners that his grandfather was doing better.
The news was met with overwhelming relief.