Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Mandela family divided over his burial site

The family is reportedly divided between Mandela’s grandson Mandla, who wants him buried at his birthplace, and the rest of the family who want to respect his wish to be buried next to his children


Mandela family divided over his burial site (© Reuters)

Pretoria: While former South African president Nelson Mandela is still fighting for his life in a hospital here, his family is squabbling over his final resting place.

The family is reportedly divided between his grandson Mandla Mandela, who wants the anti-apartheid icon buried at his birthplace in Mvezo village, and the rest of the family who want to respect his wish to be buried next to his children, The Star newspaper of South Africa reported Wednesday citing three sources.

Mandla is the head of the Mvezo Traditional Council.

The controversy arose as Mandla had exhumed the bodies of his father Makgatho, uncle Thembekile and aunt Makaziwe from the family grave at Mandela's homestead in Qunu and reburied them at his birthplace Mvezo in 2011.

Makgatho died in 2005 due to a AIDS-related illness, Makaziwe had died in 1948 when she was just nine months old, and Thembekile was killed in a car accident in 1969.

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