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Mandla Mandela charges dropped

The NPA says there’s not enough evidence to prove bigamy and grave tampering charges.

Mandla Mandela. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two separate charges filed against Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla have been dropped, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Tuesday.

In July, members of the Mandela family laid charges of grave tampering against Mandla.

This after he admitted to exhuming the remains of three of the former president's relatives.

He moved the remains from Qunu to Mvezo in the Eastern Cape.

The court ruled against Mandla with the judge describing his actions as "scandalous" and "vicious".

The remains were subsequently reburied in Qunu.

His first wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, also laid a charge of bigamy against him after he defied a court order and married a Pietermaritzburg woman.

NPA spokesperson Luxolo Tyali says both charges were dropped.

"When we considered the evidence that was contained in those dockets, we discovered there would not be sufficient evidence that could be admissible in court."