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Court rules Mandela family graves must be returned

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Court rules Mandela family graves must be returned


A South African court has ruled that the graves of three of Nelson Mandela’s children must be returned to their original burial site.

The AFP news agency is reporting that a judge in the southern city of Mthatha has ordered Mandela’s eldest grandson, Mandla, to transfer the remains by 3pm local time on Wednesday.

The ruling brings to an end a bitter family feud, carried out while the former South African leader lies in a critical condition in hospital.

Mandla allegedly had the three graves moved in 2011 from Qunu, the village where Mandela grew up, to Mvezo, 30 kilometres away.

The three graves are those of Nelson Mandela’s eldest son and Mandla’s father, Makgato Mandela who died in 2005; Mandela’s first daughter Makaziwe, who died as an infant in 1948; and Mandela’s second son Madiba Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969.

The burial ground of Qunu is where Nelson Mandela has said he wants to be buried. His family have said they want his children’s remains to be in the same place.

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