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Remains of Mandela children reburied in Qunu

Thursday, July 04, 2013 - 01:23

July 4 - The remains of three of Nelson Mandela's deceased children are reburied in Qunu. Jessica Gray reports.

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Coffins containing the remains of three of Nelson Mandela's children are loaded into a vehicle in South Africa's community of Qunu. The remains were reburied here on Thursday after a bitter family feud that has divided Mandela's clan amid concerns over the 94-year-old's frail health in hospital. Fifteen members of Mandela's family, led by his eldest daughter, had taken grandson Mandla to court over his decision to move the remains two years ago to Mvezo, Nelson Mandela's birthplace. Authorities on Wednesday decided against Mandla and ordered the remains to be exhumed once again. Mandla defended his decision at a news conference saying that as clan chief he had the right to rebury the deceased family members. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANDLA MANDELA, NELSON MANDELA'S GRANDSON AND CHIEF OF MVEZO WHERE MANDELA WAS BORN, SAYING: "My grandfather's will remains a secret and remains with the people he has appointed to administer that. I received an instruction from my aunt Makaziwe to remove the remains and bury them in a secret location which was in Qunu where she is preparing a grave site for my grandfather. Because this was not an instruction coming from my grandfather I didn't follow those instructions." Nelson Mandela is being treated in a Pretoria hospital for a recurrent lung condition. The graves spat has transfixed and appalled South Africans across the country as they contemplate saying goodbye to the anti-apartheid hero.

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Remains of Mandela children reburied in Qunu

Thursday, July 04, 2013 - 01:23