Mandela grave feud continues

The Mandela family’s feud over graves is expected to resume in the Eastern Cape High Court.

Mandla Mandela at Mvezo Great Place. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

MTHATHA/PRETORIA - The Mandela family feud over graves is expected to resume in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha on Tuesday.

This as former president Nelson Mandela spends a fourth week in a Pretoria hospital for a recurring lung infection.

Last week, 16 members of the Mandela clan brought an urgent application against Madiba's grandson, Mandla.

It is believed they wanted the remains of three of Mandela's children to be moved from Mvezo to Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

According to reports, Mandla had the remains moved in 2011, apparently without consulting the rest of the family.

Judge Lusindiso Phakade on Friday granted an order in favour of the applicants.

Lawyers involved in the dispute spent Monday drawing up legal papers and waiting for the judge to arrive.

Later that afternoon, they met with Phakade in his chambers to discuss the matter.

Just over an hour later, they emerged from the room but wouldn't divulge what was discussed.

While the details have been kept under wraps, the case has exposed a rift in the Mandela family.

At the same time, the Ngubengcuka royal houses in the Eastern Cape have voiced their concern over the feud and promised to intervene.

They're planning to meet next week in a bid to resolve the issue.


Public support for Madiba reached a new high on Monday evening when a big screen was erected outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital.

Footage and images depicting many of Mandela's life achievements were displayed.

Supporters are still hopeful the 94-year-old statesman will make a full recovery.

Metro police officers allegedly forced the removal of the screen, saying it was not authorised to be there.

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, the Presidency said Madiba remained in a critical but stable condition.

President Jacob Zuma thanked South Africans for their continued support and prayers.

He also urged people to prepare for Mandela's upcoming 95th birthday on 18 July.