Mandela burial feud rages on

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While there has been no significant change inb the condition of Ex-President Mandela, his grandson was due to challenge a Mthatha High Court ruling  today.  The ruling forces him to return the remains of his grandfather’s children for burial in Qunu, where Madiba’s home is.

Independent Online reports he told the Star newspaper that he was disappointed that his aunt Makaziwe and fifteen other members of his family for having taken to the courts “to resolve intricate family matters.”

 

Yesterday, the former presidents ex-wife Winnie has strongly criticised a visit President Zuma paid to Mr. Mandela on a Sunday in April.  President Zuma came under heavy fire at home and abroad for the visit to Madiba, who was recovering at home after a ten-day hospital stay.  “I honestly cannot put into words how hurt the family was. It was one of the most insensitive things for anyone to have done,” Mrs. Madikizela Mandela told Britain’s ITV in an interview.  “It was insensitive, it compromised the family, compromised his dignity, and should never have been done.”  At the time President Zuma said Mr. Mandela was up and about, a description that was clearly at odds with televised footage that showed the revered ex-leader frail and dazed, sitting frozen in an armchair. When ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu commented on criticism that the ANC had used the visit to ingratiate  itself with the public, he said “that is plain bullsh*t.”

 

While there has been no change in the condition of ex-President Nelson Mandela, visiting US President Barack Obama toured Robben Island on Sunday.  He visited the island in 2006 when he was a senator, but this time he has brought his family. They were taken to the small prison cell where Mandela spent 18 years of his life, and were treated to a full tour by struggle veteran and island comrade of Madiba,  84-year-old Ahmed Kathrada, who served 18 years on Robben Island.

 

Earlier, speaking after talks with President Obama, President Jacob Zuma said ex-president Mandela’s condition remained unchanged, but he hoped Madiba would recover sufficiently to return home.    At a press briefing in Pretoria late on Saturday, the president said ‘we are hoping that his health is going to improve.  I think all the prayers and good wishes that are being made, would certainly do something………we hope very soon he will be out of hospital.’

Speaker of Parliament Max Sisulu, who also visited Madiba in hospital, told reporters that everybody was pleased with the progress he was making.

Read the latest news on Madiba’s condition in the South African and International news sections of eHowz!t.

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