Mandla Mandela says he will not challenge the court’s ruling on the family’s graves, after the remains were moved back to Qunu.
“I was denied the right to be heard. I will not challenge this further, it will serve no purpose,” Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela told reporters at a press briefing on Thursday.
“In the past few days I have been the subject of attacks from all sorts of individuals wanting a few minutes of fame and media attention at my expense.”
Mandla Mandela said he was disappointed by Wednesday’s court decision and was convinced it was erroneous. He said he wanted to talk about the real reasons why the matter emerged and why his family had turned against him.
“This is the very family who has taken their own grandfather to court for his money. I called this press conference so that I could address a few matters circulating in the media.”
He was referring to the court case by Mandela’s two daughters, Makaziwe Mandela and Zenani Dlamini, to have the directors of companies set up to manage royalties from the sale of Nelson Mandela’s artworks removed from their posts.
The Eastern Cape High Court on Wednesday dismissed Mandla Mandela’s application to halt the exhumations of Mandela’s three children. Mandla Mandela exhumed and moved the remains of the three from Qunu to Mvezo in 2011.
A group of Mandela family members approached the court to have the remains exhumed and moved back to the family graveyard in Qunu. They were removed on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Mandla Mandela insisted in court papers that he would not interfere with Nelson Mandela’s burial site unless there was no specific instruction in the former statesman’s will regarding where he wanted to be buried.
This is contrary to Makaziwe Mandela and others’ claim that Nelson Mandela’s last will and testament states that he wants to be buried in Qunu.
But he claimed that the “urgency” set out in Makaziwe’s affidavit – that Nelson Mandela’s health was “perilous” – was “simply non-existent”. The affidavit states that Nelson Mandela is on life support.
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