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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mandela Bodies Go Back To Qunu and the Legal Battle Ends

Nelson mandelaAs I have previously discussed, after President Obama's visit to South Africa, Nelson Mandela's family members began fighting over the bodies of his three children. Without permission Mandla, chief of the Mvezo area in South Africa and Mandela's grandson, had all three bodies excavated and reburied in his village where Nelson Mandela's father was born. After a judge refused to hear two of Mandla's appeals  and ordered the bodies be taken back to Qunu as soon as DNA tests were run, Mandla Mandela said he was not going to continue the legal battle over where to bury the children. The remains from the three children have been taken for identification purposes. Moreover, he claims that he will not be filing this law suit in the future. Nelson Mandela is in "critical but stable" condition at the hospital.  Family members on Nelson Mandela's behalf were planning on taking Mandla to court for taking the bodies without permission.

See Rick Lyman, Nelson Mandela's Grnadson Ends Battle Over Burials, The New York Times, Jul. 4, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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