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Mandla must humble himself - Ndaba

Ndaba Mandela has reached out to his brother Mandla following a bitter family feud over graves.

Makaziwe, Ndaba and Ndileka Mandela in Mthatha High Court. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Nelson Mandela's grandson Ndaba says his brother Mandla Mandela has always viewed himself as the main man.

Speaking with 94.7 Highveld Stereo's Anele Mdoda on Friday night - Ndaba said Mandla had also felt like the Mandela family was out to get him.

Ndaba was one of the 16 family members who took Mandla to court over the bodies of three of Mandela's late children.

Mandla had moved the remains from Qunu to Mvezo in 2011 without consulting the family.

The high court in Mthatha on Wednesday ruled against Mandla and the remains have since been returned to Qunu.

Following the judgment, Mandla hit out at his family members. He held a press conference in Mvezo where he said he was a "soft target" and accused his aunt Makaziwe of dividing the family.

Ndaba says if Mandla wants to reconcile with the family - it is up to him to make it happen.

"If my brother is listening, I'd like to say, 'my brother, you're my brother and you'll always be my brother. The best thing you could do is just to humble yourself and come and talk to us and just be open and honest.' There is definitely a chance that we can reconcile but the ball is in his court. If he's going to keep on portraying this image that he's the one and only then it is going to be difficult."

Meanwhile, Madiba is entering his sixth week in the Mediclinic Heart Hospital - where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

According to the Presidency's latest update, Mandela continues to respond to treatment and his condition is still critical but stable.

At the same time, Madiba's wife Graça Machel says she is less anxious about his condition.

She says he continues to respond positively to treatment and she is feeling better about his condition now than she was a week ago.

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