Order for Mandela's grandson to return remains stands, court rules

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A South African court Wednesday ordered Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, to return the remains of three of the elder statesman’s children to his childhood home of Qunu for reburial.

The judgement in the case that has attracted global interest, coming at a time that Mandela himself  is in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital, was given by the Eastern Cape High Court.

Mandla caused a major split in the family when he moved the remains of Makgatho, Thembekile and Makaziwe from Qunu to Mvezo, where his grandfather was born, in 2011, without the knowledge or consent of his relatives.

Mandla had challenged the court's earlier ruling to return the remains, but Judge Lusindiso Pakade on Wednesday said the original ruling stands.  

On Tuesday,  Advocate David Smith, appearing for the Mandela family, said Mandla had exhumed the bodies without permission and described the actions as ‘reprehensible’.
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03 july 2013 12:17:23

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