Court rules among quarreling Mandela family over resting place
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:10
June 28 - A South African court ruled against Nelson Mandela's grandson, in favor of his daughter in a case which will influence where the former leader is buried. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Nelson Mandela is still in "critical condition" in a Pretoria hospital but on Friday his family members were battling it out in in court. At issue --- where to bury the 94-year-old leader when he dies.
Mandela's oldest daughter and a dozen other relatives won a court order against grandson Mandla. Friday's ruling has to do with Mandla's decision to move the remains of several other relatives from the family cemetery to his village on the Eastern Cape, where he is a Chief.
The court ordered Mandla, who exhumed the bodies without permission and buried them at a lavish memorial site, to return them to the family cemetery. The three bodies include Nelson Mandela's infant son and another son who died in a car cash.
Some have accused the Chief of attempting to capitalize on his grandfather's legacy.
The grave dispute is just the latest in fraying family relations as South Africa prepares to say farewell to its first black president, the man affectionately known as 'Madiba.'
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