Qunu, the site of the Mandela family burial ground and the ailing anti-apartheid hero’s chosen resting place continues to fuel a bitter family feud. South African police are now investigating claims of grave tampering.
Members of the former South African leader’s family have lodged a criminal complaint against his grandson, Mandla. He is accused of exhuming three of the ex-president’s children from the grave site.
In a separate case, a judge ruled that the remains be removed from Mvezo around 30 km away and returned to Qunu no later than Wednesday. However, Mandla is contesting that order. Family members lodged the grave tampering complaint Tuesday. According to an Eastern Cape police spokesperson, they have started their investigation, but they are awaiting the decision of the prosecutor to know whether to press charges or not.
The court cases are being played out in the media, as Nelson Mandela remains critically ill in hospital. His condition ‘critical but stable’ remains unchanged for the last ten days. Many well-wishers continue to flood the clinic in Pretoria with cards and tributes.