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Mandela's family feud continues to grow


20:56, July 04, 2013

CAPE TOWN, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The family feud over a burial site for former South African President Nelson Mandela's three children continued to grow on Thursday as Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela launched a scathing attack on other family members.

Mandla accused his aunt Makaziwe, Mandela's eldest daughter, of sowing destruction in the family.

Mandla told the media in Mvezo, Eastern Cape Province that he was disappointed over Wednesday's court order which allowed the rest of his family to exhume the remains of Mandela's three children and rebury them in Qunu, more than 10 kilometers from Mvezo.

Makaziwe has no business in Mandela family matters as she is married, Mandla said.

He said he had been "the subject of attacks from all sorts of individuals wanting a few minutes of fame and media attention at my expense."

The ruling by the Mthatha High Court in Eastern Cape ordered Mandla to return the remains of Mandela's three children, including Mandla's father, to Qunu from where Mandla removed them in 2011 to Mvezo without the approval of other family members.

Police exhumed the remains from graves in Mvezo on Wednesday evening and will rebury them in Qunu later Thursday.

Mandla said he is disappointed by the decision taken by on Wednesday.

The feud drew much attention as it is linked to the eventual burial site of Mandela who has been in hospital for more than three weeks.

Mandla insists that the remains of the three were at their rightful place in Mvezo, saying the way the matter is handled "is contrary to our customs and a deep disappointment to my grandfather and his ancestors".

But other family members say that Qunu is the preferred gravesite by Mandela, who has expressed his willing to be buried there after death. They also suspect Mandla of attempting to make money from visitors once Mandela is buried in Mvezo.

Mvezo is the birthplace of Mandela, while Qunu is the place where Mandela spent his happiest days in childhood.

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