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Mandela's children reburied

Former president Nelson Mandela’s three children have now been laid to rest at his Qunu home.

Members of the Mandela family arrive to rebury their relatives in Qunu on 4 July 2013. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

QUNU/PRETORIA - Three of Nelson Mandela's deceased children, whose remains were exhumed on Wednesday evening, have now been reburied in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

Last week, 16 members of the Mandela family lodged an application in a bid to force Mandla Mandela to return the remains for reburial in Qunu.

On Wednesday, the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha ruled against Mandla.

He had reportedly moved the remains to Mvezo without consulting the family in 2011.

The judge found Mandla's actions to be "scandalous" and "vicious".

After missing a 3pm deadline to return the remains, the sheriff of the court had to force open a gate to Mandla's Mvezo home. Officials spent several hours exhuming the remains.

A convoy of police vehicles escorted a black hearse to the front gate of the former president's retirement home on Thursday.

The vehicle carefully negotiated a gravel road as it made its way to a graveyard near the main house.

Relatives huddled under umbrellas to escape the cold and wet weather.

Hymns could be heard sweeping over the drenched veld enveloping the graves.

Photographers tried to catch every moment.

The remains had to be forensically tested on Thursday morning for identification purposes.

Former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition, the Presidency said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

The statement follows President Jacob Zuma's visit to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where the ailing statesman is receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection.

MANDELA GRAVE WAR

At a briefing on Thursday morning, Mandla said he was targeted for speaking out against controversial family matters.

He also launched a scathing attack on some relatives following the bitter court battle.

Mandla said many relatives did not have the right to speak out on certain sensitive family issues.

He said he became a "soft target" within the family.

"In the past few days, I have been the subject of attacks from all sorts of individuals wanting a few minutes of fame and media attention at my expense."

Mandla maintained his grandfather Madiba would be deeply disappointed by the events of the past few days.

MADIBA 'CRITICAL BUT STABLE'

According to a statement released by the Presidency on Thursday afternoon, Madiba remains in a stable but critical condition.

Mandela is receiving the best medical care from a multi-disciplinary

team of health professionals around the clock, the statement added.

Zuma's visit almost went unnoticed after the ANC Women's League held a prayer service outside the facility.

It was the president's first visit to the hospital in July.

The Presidency once again called on all South Africans to volunteer 67

minutes of their time on Mandela Day to help change their communities

for the better.

Mandela Day will be celebrated on 18 July, which coincides with the global icon's 95th birthday.

Madiba was admitted to the facility on 8 June.