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Mandela grandson to face charges in moving of graves

July 2, 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A feud within Nelson Mandela’s family over the burial site of three of his children is intensifying -- with the filing of criminal charges against one of his grandsons.

The charges come as Mandela himself remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Sixteen relatives had taken grandson Mandla Mandela to court after he re-buried the remains of the three Mandela children in the town where Mandela was born (Mvezo). The relatives say he hadn’t sought permission to move the bodies, and hadn’t even told family members when he did so.

Nelson Mandela has long said that he wants to be buried in another town -- Qunu -- where the children had been buried in the family plot before the bodies were moved to the town where Mandla Mandela plans to open a hotel. Arguments were heard today over a court order calling for the bodies to be returned to Qunu.

Meanwhile, police said criminal charges of “tampering with a grave” were filed against Mandla Mandela over the moving of the three bodies.

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GRAPHICSBANK: Nelson Mandela, as South Africa President, and F.W. de Klerk, as South Africa Deputy President (l-r) pose with their Nobel Peace Prize Gold Medal and Diploma, Oslo, Nowray, graphic element on gray (2 Jul 2013)

APPHOTO ASVZ115: Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of former South African president Nelson Mandela, sits in court in Mthatha, South Africa, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. As Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized in critical condition, the 94-year-old’s oldest daughter, Makaziwe, and 15 other family members have pressed a court application to get 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. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) (2 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO XTM112: A family read get well wishes and messages outside Nelson Mandela’s house in Johannesburg, South Africa,Tuesday, July, 2, 2013 The South African government said Monday that Mandela remains in “critical but stable” condition in the hospital where he was admitted on June 8. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) (2 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO CPN102: People pass photos of former president Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Mandela remains in critical condition in a Pretoria clinic . (AP Photo/Masixole Feni) (2 Jul 2013)

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