Mandela vs Mandela battle not over

Mandla Mandela believes last week's High Court ruling was a 'travesty of justice’.

Mandla Mandela. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG/QUNU - Mandla Mandela's lawyers will file papers in the Mthatha High Court this week to have a ruling against him overturned on the basis the court was misled about his grandfather's state of health.

The announcement comes as President Nelson Mandela enters his fifth week in hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

Mandla believes incorrect information about Mandela's health may have been used to persuade the court to rule against him.

His legal team has referred to last week's ruling 'a travesty of justice'.

Madiba's eldest surviving daughter Makaziwe submitted an affidavit saying the former statesman's health was perilous and that he was on a life support machine.

The document was brought on behalf of 15 family members, but was not signed by them.

Earleir in the week, Mandla was ordered to return the remains of three of Madiba's children from Mvezo to Qunu, where they were reburied on Thursday.

He had exhumed the remains in 2011 without consulting the rest of the family.

Mandla's spokesperson Freddy Pilusa said they wanted to find out if the court order was based on incorrect information about Madiba's condition.

"If it's true that Makiziwe's legal team got an order using this information that seems to be incorrect, it would be a travesty of justice."


Meanwhile, the king of the traditional clan to which the Mandela family belongs to has launched stinging attacks on both Mandla and President Jacob Zuma.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo said he has lost all respect for Mandla Mandela after he became embroiled in the bitter family feud.

A meeting of AbaThembu tribal leaders was convened on Saturday to discuss the bitter spat which gripped the Mandela family.

The king who is Mandela's cousin, told Eyewitness News he can't respect Mandla if he in turn disrespects his family and his culture.

He said Mandla has been expelled "from all rank of duties".

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

"We don't have to waste our time. We have our way of doing things."

Last week, Mandla lashed out at Dalindyebo warning him to stay out of his family affairs.

Dalindyebo also lashed out at President Zuma calling him a parasite and a Zulu boy from Nkandla.

He labelled him a tribalist at the head of the ANC and questioned his leadership.