Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

5 July 2013

South Africa: Mandla Mandela and the Chamber of Secrets

Of course Mandla Mandela was not going to take it lying down. When the Mthatha High Court ruled against him on Wednesday, thereby allowing the remains of Nelson Mandela's three children to be returned to Qunu, it was obvious that Mandla would not simply let it go.

On Thursday he hit back at his family with a vengeance, slashing open deeply buried family secrets and questioning the legitimacy of those he feels are ganging up against him.

And so the ignoble saga takes another sordid twist, making a mockery of the name revered around the world. It seems the one person constantly at Mandela's side, who is not a Mandela, knows the true value of that name. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

The remains of three of Nelson Mandela's children were reburied on Thursday. So at least that messy chapter is over. Well, it isn't really.

The remains of Mandela's sons Makgatho and Thembekile, and an infant called Makaziwe were not buried in their original graves at the family graveyard from where they were exhumed two years ago but in a new gravesite on the Qunu farm where Nelson Mandela's home is. As things stand, this will also be Madiba's final resting...

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