It has being reported that the former South African leader, Nelson Mandela, is in a “permanent vegetative state” and that his family have been told they can turn off his life support machine.
The AFP news agency said it has seen court documents which show doctors advising that the machine keeping the former president and anti-apartheid hero alive be switched off.
Meanwhile a bitter feud amongst the Mandela family over where three of Mandela’s children should be laid to rest has been resolved, with the remains being returned to their original burial place.
They had been buried in Qunu, Mandela’s home village. In 2011 his grandson, Mandla moved them to Mvezo, where he lived.
The courts ordered Mandla to return the remains to their original graves, which he has reluctantly done.
At a news conference; Mandla Mandela commented on the feud, saying: “It seems like anyone and everyone can come and say I am a Mandela and demand to be part of a decision making in this family.”