Judge orders Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla to exhume bodies of anti-apartheid leader's children
A judge ordered Nelson Mandela's grandson to exhume the bodies of three of the anti-apartheid leader's children today and return them to their original graves, the latest twist in a dispute that has divided South Africa's most famous family.
Mandla Mandela could face charges of grave tampering after claims that he had the remains of relatives dug up and moved to a new grave site without permission, police confirmed. The ghoulish saga comes as the 94-year-old former president remains critically ill in a hospital in Pretoria.
His grandson is involved in a court battle with at least 16 relatives in South Africa’s most famous family over the remains of children. The three were originally buried in Qunu, Mr Mandela’s childhood village. Mandla, an MP with the ruling ANC party, is accused of having them exhumed two years ago and moved about 12 miles to his home village of Mvezo. He has reportedly built a museum and guesthouse at Mvezo, and wants his grandfather to be buried there.
Mandela's eldest daughter, Makaziwe, who led the legal challenge against Mandla, declined to comment to reporters after the ruling. "This is a private family matter," she said.
South Africa’s first democratically elected president said in court papers nearly 20 years ago that he wanted a simple burial in Qunu, where he grew up, making no mention of Mvezo, where he was born but never lived.
Mr Mandela fathered six children from his three marriages. The three buried in Mvezo are an infant girl, also named Makaziwe, who died in 1948; Thembi, who died in a car crash in 1969; and Makgatho, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 2005.
Video: Nelson Mandela's first ever television interview in 1961
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 4 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
Earthworms rain down from skies over Norway, puzzling scientists
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
General Election 2015: Polish prince challenges Nigel Farage to a duel over immigration question
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...