Mandela family dispute over graves deepens

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“GiveMe Liberty or GiveMe Death”

Since: Jun 13

Land of Liberty

#1 Jun 30, 2013
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A family dispute over the burial site for Nelson Mandela's three deceased children deepened Sunday, as the former South African president remained in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital with a recurring lung infection.

Mandela's controversial grandson, Mandla, chief of the Mvezo area in the Eastern Cape Province, announced that he planned to fight a court order for the return of the bodies to their original resting place in Qunu, the village where the elder Mandela grew up and later retired.

Mandla Mandela had the bodies exhumed in 2011, reportedly without informing other family members, and reburied in Mvezo, where Nelson Mandela was born.

Each side, seeking to ensure the graves are located in an area they control, has accused the other of angering the family ancestors by infringing on African tradition.

At the heart of the dispute is Mandela's reported desire to be buried next to his children.

South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper reported that some village elders believed that Nelson Mandela was deeply troubled by the feuding in his family.
One faction, opposed to Mandla Mandela, claims that the elder Mandela's frequent recent illnesses weren't only the result of age, but because the ancestors were angry that the bodies of his children had been moved.

They include a daughter, also named Makaziwe, who died in infancy; a son, Thembekile, who was killed in a car accident at age 24, and another son, Makgatho, Mandla's father, who died at 54 of an AIDS-related illness.


“GiveMe Liberty or GiveMe Death”

Since: Jun 13

Land of Liberty

#2 Jun 30, 2013
Yet, he is still ALIVE..... you know he could just end it and say this is where they should be buried......

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