Mandela clan urged to make amends

Pressure is growing on the Mandela clan to reconcile and resolve what has become a public spat.

Makaziwe, Ndaba and Ndileka Mandela in Mthatha High Court. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As former President Nelson Mandela spends his fourth weekend in hospital pressure is growing on the Mandela clan to reconcile and resolve what has become a public spat.

There is also still confusion about the former statesman's health, with conflicting reports coming from court documents, his family and friends.

First it was Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu calling on the Mandela family to think about more than just themselves.

Now the Presidency has echoed this, calling on the battle between various members regrettable and urging the family to resolve their problems in an amicable way.

These comments came after members of the Mandela family took Mandela's grandson Mandla to court over the exhumation of three of Madiba's children.

Mandla exhumed the remains in 2011 and moved them from Qunu to Mvezo without the consent of his family.

On Wednesday, the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha ruled against him and the judge found his actions to be "scandalous" and "vicious".

The remains were exhumed on Wednesday evening and underwent forensic tests.

They were reburied in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Thursday.


While an unsigned court document on behalf of 17 family members claims Madiba is in a 'vegetative state', the Presidency has denied this.

In a BBC interview, Mandela's friend, Denis Goldberg said Madiba hasn't suffered any massive organ failure and - all things considered - Madiba's condition surprised him.

"I think that's remarkable. What a tough old man he is."

Prayer services for the 94-year-old global icon continue to be held across the country.