Mandla Mandela loses court battle

The Mthatha High Court has stood by its order for the remains to be returned to Qunu by this afternoon.

Chief Mandla Mandela. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

MTHATHA - Mandla Mandela has lost the court bid which was brought against him by 16 of his relatives.

Members of the Mandela family approached the Mthatha High Court last week in order to force Mandla to return the remains of three of Madiba's children to Qunu.

Madiba had moved them to Mvezo without consulting the family in 2011.

They also laid a criminal case of tampering with a grave at Bityi Police Station on Tuesday.

Judge Lusindiso Phakade ruled in favour of the complaints. He ordered Mandla to exhume and rebury the bodies by 3pm today.

The sheriff of the court can carry out the exhumations if Mandla fails to do so by this afternoon.

Mandla reportedly exhumed the remains of his father Makgatho Mandela, who died in 2005, Mandela's first daughter, Makaziwe, who died as an infant in 1948 and Mandela's second son, Madiba Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969.

Mandla's lawyer confirmed a new application was filed to rescind the latest ruling.

Attorney Gary Jansen said, "We have now launched an urgent application to rescind the judgment."

He refused to say whether his client will comply with Wednesday's ruling or whether the remains will be exhumed.

The feud comes as former president Nelson Mandela spends another day in hospital.

He was admitted on 8 June for a reoccurring lung infection.

His condition remains critical but stable.