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'Decision to charge Mandla could take time'

Mandla's aunt, Makaziwe, opened a case of grave tampering against him earlier this month.

Qunu burial site. Picture:Renée de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority says a decision regarding a criminal case involving Mandla Mandela could take some time.

Mandla's aunt, Makaziwe, opened a case of grave tampering against him earlier this month.

This after he exhumed the remains of three of his grandfather's children and relocated them from Qunu to Mvezo in the Eastern Cape two years ago.

Mandla recently lost a bitter court battle against a number of his relatives over the exhumation of the remains.

The NPA's Luxolo Tyali says no final decision has been taken at this stage.

"We cannot make a decision like this in just a few minutes. It's a process which involves looking at the evidence and making sure that nothing has been left out."

Tyali adds the NPA don't want to speculate when the decision will be taken.

"We cannot put time on it because this process involves consultation with the investigating officer. In some instances we give instructions for more investigations be carried out."