Mandla shocked by family dispute

Mandla Mandela says he is shocked by the court action which has been brought against him.

Chief Mandla Mandela thanked South Africans for praying for his grandfather on 12 June 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

QUNU - Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla says he is disappointed that some of his relatives have turned to the courts to resolve a family matter.

At least 16 members of the Mandela clan were granted an urgent order against the chief in the Mthatha High Court on Friday.

It is believed they want the remains of three of Madiba's children to be brought back from Mvezo to Qunu after Mandla had them moved there.

Details of the court order have been kept under wraps. Mandla says he found out about the court action through the media.

He says he was neither aware of this nor was he served with any papers to enable him to defend himself.

He says he is now compelled to go to court and respond to the action taken against him. But he says he is doing so reluctantly adding that the way the family is handling the matter is contrary to their customs.

On Friday, the Mthatha High Court heard that the sheriff was unable to deliver summons to Mandla's home in Mvezo because the gate was locked.

Meanwhile, Madiba remains in hospital where he is being treated for a reoccurring lung infection.

The statesman was admitted to hospital on 8 June. His family says his condition remains critical.