Police, workers move in to exhume Mandela's children
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - 01:08
July 3 - Authorities moved in to exhume the graves of Nelson Mandela's children in the latest turn in the family drama that has gripped South Africa. Deborah Gembara reports.
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A caravan of police cars and hearses descended on the property of Nelson Mandela's grandson on Wednesday ---using a pickax to get through the gate after he failed to meet a deadline to return remains to the family cemetery.
SOUNDBITE: Mthatha Police Spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela saying:
"Now that the gate is open, I think it is a family thing now. Let them go in, go down, then you won't be allowed to go down there."
Fanning out across the property --- the team was expected to begin the grizzly working of exhuming bodies of three of the former South African president's children.
Grandson Mandla moved them against the family's wishes to this memorial site in the village where he is a clan chief.
Some have accused him of exploiting his grandfather's legacy. The ensuing legal battle and rift in one of the country's most prominent familes has captivated South Africans who are bracing to say goodbye to one of the world's most admired men.
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