Mandela family reportedly feuding over where he should be buried


Associated Press

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 12:37 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in a South African hospital, there's word that his family members have gone to court in a feud over where he should be buried.

According to the broadcaster SABC, Mandela's oldest daughter and 15 other family members want the courts to force Mandela's grandson to return the bodies of three of Mandela's children to their original graves in the eastern rural village of Qunu.

The grandson has acknowledged reburying the bodies some 13 miles away in a village where, according to the South African Press Association, he plans to create a Mandela shrine, hotel and soccer stadium.

Nelson Mandela had built his retirement home in Qunu, and was living there until his repeated hospitalizations, which started at the end of last year. He attended the burial of his son at the family plot there in 2005, and it was widely expected that Mandela himself would be buried there.

But that was before his grandson exhumed the bodies of his three children and moved them to the nearby village.

Reports say the grandson has until tomorrow to respond to the court filing.

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233-r-07-(Sound of gospel choir singing, outside the hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated)--Sound of gospel choir singing for former President Nelson Mandela outside the hospital where he's being treated. (28 Jun 2013)

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230-a-05-(Unidentified Pretoria resident, in AP interview)-"it with you"-This woman in Pretoria hopes Nelson Mandela will get better for his birthday, which is July 18. ((Mandela would turn 95 on that date.)) (28 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO NY119: FILE - In this Wednesday, July 18, 2012 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela celebrates his birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa. The emotional pain and practical demands facing Nelson Mandela's family are universal: confronting the final days of an elderly loved one. There are no rules for how or when the end may arrive. Mandela's status as a respected global figure only complicates the situation, doctors and end-of-life experts say. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File) (18 Jul 2012)

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