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Mandla removed from traditional authority post

Madiba's grandson has been expelled from his post following the Mandela family feud.

Madiba's grandson has been expelled from his post following the Mandela family feud. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As Former President Nelson Mandela spends his fourth week in the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, undergoing treatment for a recurring lung infection, his grandson Mandla Mandela has been removed from his post of traditional authority while Madiba remains in a critical but stable condition.

King Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo of the Thembu tribe said on Sunday Mandla has been expelled "from all rank of duties" over a family feud, which erupted after it was revealed that Mandla had moved the bodies of three of Madiba's children to his village of Mvezo in in 2011 without communicating his decision with the rest of the Mandela family.

The bodies were returned to their original burial site in Mandela's hometown, Qunu, after Mandela family members went to court to force Mandla to relinquish control of the remains.

King Dalindyebo said Mandla, a chief in the Mvezo area, wouldn't be allowed any involvement in tribal affairs until he apologises.

Meanwhile, Mandla has said he will fight to have the Mthatha High Court's ruling against him reversed.

He said the decision this week was a travesty of justice.

But Madiba's grandson has no intention of exhuming his relatives' remains again.

Mandla said incorrect information about Madiba's state of health may have been used to persuade the court to rule against him, allowing other family members to exhume the remains in the Eastern Cape.

The public Mandela family spat has taken yet another turn, this time with Mandla saying his legal team will investigate whether the former president's state of health was used to mislead the court.

Mandla's spokesperson Freddy Pilusa told Eyewitness News he wants justice.

"He is concerned about this medical report that was in-camera, which he never had preemie to."

The Presidency has denied reports that Madiba is in a 'vegetative state' saying he remains in a critical but stable condition.

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