Mandelas urged to resolve dispute
05 July 2013, 18:05
Durban - The presidency urged Nelson Mandela's family on Friday
to solve an increasingly bitter dispute "amicably", weighing in for
the first time on a feud over the ailing former president’s final resting
"It is regrettable that there is a dispute going on
among family members and we'd like that dispute to be resolved as amicably and
as soon as possible," President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj told
AFP in an interview.
After a heated court battle, 15 Mandela relatives,
including his three daughters and wife Graça Machel, won a court order to
rebury the remains of his three deceased children on Wednesday.
His oldest grandson Mandla, 39, had moved the graves from
Mandela's childhood village Qunu to his own nearby homestead in Mvezo two years
ago, without the family's permission.
Following the ruling Mandla launched a tirade at his
In a nationally televised news conference on Thursday he
accused one of his brothers of impregnating his wife, and said others were born
out of wedlock.
Mandla also accused other close relatives of
money-grabbing and said Mandela's daughter Makaziwe was trying to "sow
divisions and destruction" in her family.
Maharaj refused to comment on a nine-day-old court
document, which said the 94-year-old former president was judged to be in a
"permanent vegetative state" and that his doctors had recommended
switching off his life-support machines.
"We did not file any document and we are not saying
that it's true or not true," he said.
The filing was produced by a Mandela family lawyer last
Wednesday and argued for an urgent court hearing, so that a burial place for
the critically ill Mandela could be finalised.
Mandela has indicated in the past he wanted to be buried
with his family.
The moved graves meant there was confusion about his
final resting place.
Since the court document was published, the presidency as
well as Mandela's family and friends have said his condition has improved.
But Maharaj would not confirm if the document described
Mandela's health accurately.
Mandela remained in a "critical but stable"
condition, Maharaj said, but did not elaborate, citing doctor-patient