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1. Wide exterior Mthatha courthouse
2. Wide journalists standing outside the courthouse
3. Mid tracking shot Wesley Hayes, lawyer for the Mandela family, arriving at courthouse with associates
4. Wide Mandla Mandela’s lawyer, Matthew Mpahlwa, arriving at courthouse
5. Wide Solly Nduku, an African traditional health practices expert outside courthouse
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Solly Nduku, President of the National Unitary Professional Association for African Traditional Health Practitioners of South Africa.
“In our view the removal and the relocation (of the bodies) in terms of – is a customary issue that should be handled by the family in a more traditional and customary way. And it is a matter that must be handled with respect and dignity, because it’s where you actually – the interference with the remains of the departed sprits. It must also take into cognisance the respect that must be given to those departed spirits.”
7. Lawyers entering courthouse
7. Wide Qunu countryside near the Mandela family homestead
8. Wide Mandela family graves in Qunu
9. Mid tombstones at Mandela gravesite
10. Wide graves with no tombstones, from which the remains of Mandela family members were removed
11. Mid graves with no tombstones, from which the remains of Mandela family members were removed
As Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in hospital, a family feud over the Mandela family gravesite has returned to the courts.
South Africa’s state broadcaster says Mandela’s oldest daughter, Makaziwe, and 15 other family members have pressed a court application to get Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela to return the bodies of three of Mandela’s children to their original graves in the eastern rural village of Qunu.
Mandla has said he will contest the interdict granted by the Mthatha High Court on Friday.
Makaziwe, and two of his grandchildren reportedly arrived in Mthatha on Monday to confer with lawyers.
By mid-afternoon Monday, court proceedings were yet to begin.
Mandla had no legal representation at last week’s proceedings, and says he was not informed of the hearing.
He acknowledges having exhumed the three bodies from his grandfather’s homestead, which he then reburied some 30 kilometres away in Mvezo village, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace.
Other Mandela family members reportedly want the family bodies returned to their original graves at the homestead in Qunu, thereby removing any precedent for Nelson Mandela’s remains to be relocated after he is buried there.
On Sunday, Mandla Mandela released a statement, saying he was “sad and disappointed that yet again some members of the family have chosen the courts to resolve intricate family matters”.
Mandla Mandela described the behaviour of those family members involved in the court application as “contrary to our customs, and a deep disappointment to my grandfather and his ancestors”.
The matter was “a customary issue that should be handled by the family in a more traditional and customary way. And it is a matter that must be handled with respect and dignity,” Solly Nduku, President of the National Unitary Professional Association for African Traditional Health Practitioners of South Africa, told the AP on Monday.
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