Lawyers for Nelson Mandela’s relatives met yesterday to try to resolve a bitter family conflict over the eventual burial site of the critically ill anti-apartheid hero.
The legal teams met all day in the southern city of Mthatha after 16 relatives last week asked a court to order the return of the remains of three of Mandela’s children to his ancestral village Qunu, a family lawyer said.
His eldest grandson Mandla allegedly had the graves moved to Mvezo, about 30 kilometres away, without the rest of the family’s consent in 2011.
“Mandla is expected to file his answering papers on Tuesday and “then we will decide how to move forward,” the 16 relatives’ lawyer Sandla Sigadla told journalists after the talks.
Mandela’s parents are buried at the family gravesite in Qunu, about 500 meters (yards) from Mandela’s home, where security was stepped up on Monday.
The former South African leader has remained in a stable but critical condition .