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No court date for Mandela battle

Members of the Mandela family have been involved in a bitter legal battle for several months.

Mandla Mandela.Picture:Renee de Villiers/ EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Mandla Mandela's lawyer says they're still waiting for the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha to confirm a date for the next round of the Mandela family's acrimonious legal dispute.

Mandla exhumed the remains of three of Nelson Mandela's children in 2011 and moved them from Qunu to Mvezo without the consent of his family.

In July, the court ruled against him and the judge found his actions to be "scandalous" and "vicious".

The remains were subsequently reburied in Qunu.

Mandla's attorney says legal counsel have been meeting to try and find a convenient time for the appeal to be heard and no firm date has yet been set.

It's understood relatives are yet to file supporting affidavits from Madiba's doctors regarding an earlier claim in court papers that the elderly statesman was in a permanent vegetative condition and life support machines could be switched off.

A court document filed by Mandela's daughter Makaziwe at the time said his health was perilous, claiming he was in a 'vegetative state' and was being assisted in breathing by a life support machine.

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

The claims were denied at the time by the Presidency and Mandela's friends and family.

Mandla called the ruling against him a 'travesty of justice' after the allegations emerged.

It's also possible perjury charges could still be levelled if the court finds it was misled.

Madiba was discharged from the Pretoria Mediclinic Heart Hospital on 1 September.

The statesman spent nearly three months at the facility for a recurring lung infection.

Mandela is continuing to receive treatment at his Houghton home.